Introducing the latest Dermalogica SPF, the Invisible Physical Defense SPF.
Anyone who takes skincare seriously will know the importance of SPF. Through rain and shine, it’s a non-negotiable product that we should be wearing every day. With the latter weather becoming thankfully more common as we inch towards summer, finding the right SPF is particularly important right now so here’s my recommendation.
At £49 for a relatively small bottle, protection doesn’t come cheap. But is it worth the price? Yes. You can’t put a price on the protection of skin health.
First and foremost, Invisible Physical Defense is an invisible and weightless sunscreen, designed specifically for the face. SPF30 protects the skin from pesky environmental aggressors and blocks 97% of UVB rays. It’s non-negotiable if you want to prevent the premature ageing of the skin caused by repeated exposure to UV rays. In a word: photoaging. To prevent photoaging, most Dermatologists recommend consistent use of an SPF30 or higher. Once sun damage has been done there are very few, if no, expensive skincare products that will be able to undo it, so it’s sensible to invest in preventative measures.
The unique selling point of this particular sunscreen is that the white of product blends quickly, effortlessly, and invisibly into the skin. Unlike the many physical sunscreens which leave a rather unattractive and streaky white residue, this truly provides undetectable protection. It’s also suitable for all skin tones as well as all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Thankfully, Aprils weather has so far blessed me with the excuse to sun myself in the garden to properly trial this and I’ve applied it almost every day for the last three weeks. Over that time, Invisible Physical Defence has very quickly become a staple. It works amazingly on its own as well as underneath makeup. Despite liberal application, you’d be surprised at how little product you need to cover only your face. I’d say that one tube would last a good few months.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS
I’ve tried a fair few sunscreens in my time, but Dermalogica SPF has an edge. They know their skincare and do it well, so the ingredients are added with love and backed up by science. The following are the most active:
- Ultra-sheer zinc oxide. This protects against UVA/UVB rays and blue light.
- Bioactive mushroom complex helps to soothe the skin. It works to reduce redness and dryness which are both associated with environmental aggressors.
- Antioxidant green tea helps to fight free radical skin damage. Free radicals can be created by the sun as well as by general pollutions and they contribute to premature ageing.
It’s also worth noting that this is a cruelty free product that has been certified as vegan. As with all Dermalogica products, it’s also free from irritants such as fragrance, colour and parabens.
HOW & WHEN TO APPLY
A lot of people don’t take SPF seriously and if I’m being honest, I used to be one of them. Did you know that UV rays are present all year round and some can even penetrate glass? Essentially, if you’re leaving the house for more than a few minutes, it’s recommended that you really should be wearing an SPF.
When I last had an Elemis SkinLab skin analogy, the beauty therapist advised me to be more careful in the sun as I showed mild skin damage on my forehead. She asked if I holiday regularly and suggested that it’s likely that the damage is from burning it slightly on my beach holidays. I now pay extra attention to the places that easily catch the sun, liberally applying and reapplying SPF to my forehead and nose.
Dermalogica recommend using about a teaspoon of this per application and reapplying it every 2 hours. They also recommend applying it at least 30 minutes prior to exposing your skin to the sun. On days that I know I’ll be leaving the house, even for a short walk, I apply it in the mornings as the last part of my morning skincare routine. It works great alone on no-makeup days, but if I am wearing makeup then I apply it after my moisturiser and before my makeup.
Make sure that you don’t rush. Leave the product to fully absorb into the skin before putting any makeup over the top. I personally like to use a foundation that boasts added SPF for additional protection. I top up throughout the day by dabbing more SPF into my skin with a beauty blender.
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