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Fight the sun to win the battle of the wrinkles

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 4:12pm

Meet your anti-aging secret weapon: it’s simple - it is SPF. We all know how damaging the sun is to our skin by now. Ireland has one of the highest rates of melanoma in Europe. For many years, I was a sun worshiper and have the pigmentation and sun damage to tell the tale.

As I wised up to the damage, I have tried and tested a few products in recent times. We cannot ignore our skin's cry to be protected any longer, so my dear readers, I have assembled some of the best buys to help the battle of the wrinkles. Always remember your neck and décolletage too.

Dermalogica’s latest launch, Prisma Protect SPF 30 (€65), is a multitasking dream. A moisturiser that adds luminosity and provides light activated SPF coverage, it's perfect as a makeup base too. Its breakthrough antioxidant technology helps protect skin against pollution, making it perfect for city slickers.

The SPF is broad spectrum while a bio-ferment from sage helps maintain an even skin tone. I have noticed a nice change in my skin since I started using this. It is also so easily blended in and I feel like my skin is soft and supple. Dry and mature skin will love this product, but it doesn’t feel sticky.

P20, one of Ireland’s best-loved SPFs, has now been formulated for your face (€26.50). Developed specifically for the face, the new formulation offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, delivering reliable sun care. Durable for up to ten hours, it is highly water-resistant, earning Europe’s highest water-resistant classification. Once applied, the protection category is maintained, even after four 20 minute periods in the water, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle. It is so important to ensure we are protecting our skin against sun damage and P20 wanted to be able to provide the same level of trusted protection for the face as currently offered with the wider P20 range. It a perfect one for golfers and gardeners alike.

CeraVe has just launched the AM/PM products. Perfect for those who want their daily moisturiser to offer protection from photo-ageing too, this light moisturiser contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerine and niacinamide, helping to restore the skin barrier and guaranteeing all day hydration. But it also comes with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen which provides protection against UVA and UVB rays. It's a fantastic budget buy at just €13.

Sensitive souls will love Irish brand Elave's daily skin defence 45+ (€23) which has a unique combination of oil-free emollients to hydrate the skin together with high UVA and UVB protection.

The invisible zinc is absorbed quickly and the vitamin B5 and vitamin E anti-oxidant enriched formula helps protect skin and repair environmental skin damage. The fact the zinc is invisible is ground-breaking as this is what causes the white tinge to the skin when applied.

IT Cosmetics is arriving soon to Brown Thomas. The range was developed especially for skin and I must admit to already being a big fan. If you like a little two-in-one meet your new BFF.

Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 (€39) is your anti-ageing, full coverage, colour correcting cream that delivers seven benefits in one.

CC+ Cream is your multi-tasker that provides hydration while covering the appearance of skin imperfections. Infused with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, this skin-loving full-coverage foundation reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

It comes in three textures, one for dry, one for matte and one for luminosity.

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