Why is SPF crucial when using retinols?
Skincare has never been so good! Advanced formulations with potent actives are shown in studies to visibly slow and reverse the signs of ageing as well as improving tone and texture. Retinols are a derivative of Vitamin A and are a common addition to skincare regimes today. By speeding up the cell renewal process and increasing collagen production, retinols reduce lines, wrinkles and pigmentation as well as breakouts. Other ingredients such as AHA’s, BHA’s including glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid can also be found in cleansers, toners, and serums to promote cell turnover for brighter and clearer skin.
However, there’s a non-negotiable rule to follow when using powerful skincare actives such as retinols, Broad Spectrum SPF. It’s crucial to protect your skin from damaging UVB and UVA, particularly when your skin is more susceptible. These actives gently remove the surface layers of skin to reveal younger, plump skin cells which are vulnerable and prone to sun damage. We recommend applying an SPF30 or SPF50+ during the day when using retinols at night. It’s worth noting that daylight breaks down retinols so it’s more effective as well as safer to apply them at night.
Harmful UVA rays are responsible for up to that 90% of the signs of premature ageing on our skin as they break down the production of collagen and elastin as well as increasing the risk of potential melanomas. These rays are present in light and therefore around us every single day, even the cloudy, grey days! Ultrasun’s long lasting formulas encapsulate high level UVA filters of at least 90%. Dermatologists and skincare experts agree that using Broad Spectrum SPF in partnership with retinol creates a gold standard of skincare for healthy, younger skin.
Ultrasun have a wide range of lightweight, non-greasy face formulas in a variety of comfortable textures to suit your skin type. Lamellar technology encapsulates premium skincare actives, delivering controlled doses throughout the day for long lasting protection and hydration. With formulations to target specific skin concerns, you can be sure your skin will look and feel great all year round.