We’re in the middle of summer here in New Zealand, so let’s dive into a topic that can be key to preserving your skin’s youthfulness and radiance - the importance of SPF.
You know the drill - sunscreen needs to be constantly reapplied to be effective. Whether you're wandering the town centre shopping up a storm, relaxing on the beach with a good book, or our on an adventure, it's essential to top up your SPF - particularly if you're swimming or sweating. Don't forget to add a hat and sunglasses for extra protection.
The Power of Broad SpectrumNot all sunscreens are created equal. To ensure the best protection, opt for a broad-spectrum SPF. This means your sunscreen is equipped to defend against both UVA and UVB rays, safeguarding your skin against potential damage. A broad-spectrum is your first line of defence in New Zealand’s harsh sun.
Beyond The Burn
Sunscreen isn’t just about preventing a painful burn - it’s a shield against the effects of UV radiation on our skin’s DNA. Studies reveal that prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature ageing, causing wrinkles, sagging, loss of firmness and even skin conditions like Rosacea. So next time you’re tempted to skip the SPF do your future self a favour.
The SPF Ritual
Sunscreen is absolutely essential. Make sure you incorporate it into your morning routine and reapply throughout the day. Don’t neglect often overlooked areas like your neck and ears. It should be a daily habit, just like brushing your teeth.
Your Skincare Allies
In our quest for a suitable sunscreen we’ve come across a few gems.
Sabore Hydra Care is designed specifically for the face - it provides a light, moisturising feeling without the heavy, sticky sensation associated with some sunscreens. It’s SPF 50, meaning it contains chemicals, but has been made with the least invasive chemicals possible - Sabore prefers to keep things as clean and organic as they can. We save this one for our face and neck, then use other sunscreen for the body (just to make it last longer!)
Sabore’s SPF 30 lotion is the perfect sunscreen for those who prefer something without an oily, heavy feel. It doesn’t compromise on sun protection and it’s water and sweat resistant - so it’s perfect for those adventurers. It has the consistency and feel of a light moisturising lotion - and a pleasant, fresh scent! It’s also suitable for sensitive skin (including babies and toddlers) and is free from animal products - so it’s suitable for vegans.
Blac Cosmetics’ tinted moisturiser is jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins A & E and pomegranate extracts. It lets you enjoy a fresh, dewy and even complexion while stopping sun damage in its tracks. No yellow pigments or bulky, greasy feels, and it’s cruelty free (like all Blac Cosmetics products).
Here in our sun-kissed home at the bottom of the world SPF isn’t a choice, it’s a commitment to your skin’s health. We’re happy to provide samples of our favourite products, if you’d like to try before you buy, or answer any skincare queries.