Sun protection

Sun protection 2018-02-06T17:57:14+00:00


Sunlight is without a doubt your skin’s worst enemy, bombarding it on a daily basis with the UVA and UVB rays that promote premature aging and skin cancer. Statistics show that one in six individuals will develop skin cancer, and 90% of these cancers are the direct result of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. In fact, a severe sunburn before the age of eighteen exponentially increases your skin cancer risk, making a comprehensive program of sun protection vitally important for clients of all ages.

If the importance of sun protection is considered common knowledge, then why are there still so many out there who don’t wear it on a daily basis?

The most common complaint about sun protection is the way it feels. Sun protection is commonly thought of as the chalky, pasty, white, thick, greasy and downright unpleasant products that we should wear, but don’t because of how they react on our skin.

Sun protection is still not considered by most as a mandatory part of the skin care regime; it should be!

Dermalogica has incorporated sun screens into key products across its range of prescriptive products. So you get the vital protection you need plus it works on your skin’s needs at the same time.

You would not even know you were wearing it; honest!

How it works

Sunscreens work by absorbing damaging ultraviolet rays (chemical sunscreens) or by
reflecting and scattering ultraviolet rays (physical sunscreens). Physical sunscreens (such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) have increased in popularity as consumers grow more concerned about the potential irritancy factor of chemical sunscreens.

The SPF represents the ability of a sunscreen to delay sun-induced burning. It is important to realise that an SPF is only a measure of how much UVB (B for Burn) protection a product provides. Unfortunately, a similar system of denoting sunscreen protection from UVA (A for Aging) radiation has not been universally recognised.

Skin is an excellent record keeper. Every moment we are exposed to daylight adds up like money in the bank – the problem is the payoff; namely skin damage in the form of wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and premature ageing, a repressed immune system and the potential for skin cancer.

Over one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year. 90% of these cancers will be the result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

2,000 people die from skin cancer each year in the United Kingdom. This globally expansive issue reinforces the belief that the best defence is to limit daylight exposure and protect skin with sunscreen at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between water resistant and very water resistant SPF protection?

No sun creams are completely water resistant or apply once a day!
Water resistant sunscreens will maintain their protective qualities for approximately 40 minutes. Very water resistant sunscreens maintain their protective qualities for approximately 80 minutes. Very water resistant SPF products are ideal for outdoor sports activities and swimming.

  • What is the difference between a chemical sunscreen and a physical sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the rays and converting them into less harmful heat energy while physical sunscreens work by reflecting and scattering damaging ultraviolet rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into your skin, and physical sunscreens work by remaining on the top layers of skin. It is recommended that individuals with more sensitised skin use a physical sunscreen, as there is less chance of irritation. For individuals that do not have sensitive skin, chemical sunscreens are an ideal choice.

  • How can I ensure thorough removal of my sun protection product at the end of the day?

We recommend the application of PreCleanse to facilitate the thorough removal of emollients, product enhancers and sunscreen ingredients. Follow with your recommended Dermalogica Cleanser for professional double cleansing results.

  • Should I apply sun protection before or after moisturising AND how often?

Selected Dermalogica products already have incorporated sun protection, so you do not need to worry. Apply your moisturiser preferably 30 minutes before sun exposure. You should be re-applying sun protection after about 2 and half hours.

  • During a professional skin treatment will I have protection from the sun at the end of the skin treatment?

Yes. As the FDA states, when professional exfoliation is performed, using alpha hydroxy acids, it is important to apply sun protection to protect the skin, as the sensitivity of the skin has been increased by the exfoliation.


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