Look through the bathroom shelves and cupboards of most Australian women and you’ll find more than a few anti-ageing products: lotions and potions and serums that all promise to keep our skin young and fresh.
But there’s one product we might be missing, and it’s the simplest (and most wallet-friendly) when it comes to future-proofing our skin: sunscreen.
The sophisticated, skin-protecting formulas can go a long way when it comes to having great skin – and keeping it looking that way for years to come.
What does the sun do to our skin?
We are lucky to live most of our lives outdoors – and in the sun – all year round. But while enjoying an afternoon picnic in the park with friends or taking a morning beachside walk is relaxing for our souls, the sun can be stressful for our skin.
Even the harmful rays we are exposed to during our travels to and from work and running errands throughout the day are responsible for causing the most obvious physical changes to our faces that make us look older.
UV rays from the harsh Aussie sun can lead to discoloration, pigmentation, and the formation of dark spots. The sun also breaks down essential keratin and collagen in the skin – both of which are important in preventing wrinkles, fine lines and essential for maintaining elasticity and strength as we grow older.
How do we stop the damage?
Here’s the good news: prevention is always better than the cure and it’s not too late to stop further damage to your skin in its tracks. It’s as simple as adding in a daily sunscreen into your routine, all year.
Hamilton Everyday Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen offers both UVA and UBV broad spectrum protection, so it acts as a barrier against the harmful rays that penetrate our skin, leading to premature ageing.
It’s also free from fragrance and parabens plus it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E – that means our skin gets a hit of moisture as well as being protected. Plus, it’s Australian made and owned, which means it’s suited for our harsh conditions.
How to make sunscreen part of your everyday routine
When you’re using it every day, it’s important to find a sunscreen that not only does the job, but one that feels good, too.
The matte finish of Everyday Face won’t leave your skin looking shiny or leave behind a sticky residue. The sheer tint also makes it the perfect choice for various skin tones – leaving it barely detectable under makeup.
Because it serves as a protective layer on the skin, it’s best to apply sunscreen over other skincare products (like serums and moisturisers) but under makeup, at least 20 minutes before heading into the sun.
And unlike expensive anti-ageing treatments, don’t be shy when it comes to slathering on the sunscreen: it’s recommended a full teaspoon be used for the face, neck and ears.
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Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Reapply frequently. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear when exposed to the sun.