Sun Protection Factor Facts

With the sudden summer that seems to have appeared you may find yourself nursing some red & sore shoulders after being caught out during the day. But when it comes to finding sun cream the mass of varieties and SPF factors can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed.

Vicki from The Gatehouse, Northampton has shared with us her top SPF facts.

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Vicki Newman, Aesthetic Practitioner
Vicki Newman, Aesthetic Practitioner
  • A high SPF doesn’t mean it stops you from tanning- it actually slows down the sun’s rays to help your melanin in the skin (the tanning process) become gradually darker rather than not being able to work quick enough resulting in burning and going red. Having your melanin work at a slower pace will give you an even, longer lasting tan- minimal sun damage too.
  • UVA Rays Age the Skin and UVB Rays Burn the skin!
  • Moisturiser and make up products with SPF’s won’t combine maximum protection- if you use a moisturiser with SPF 15 and a foundation with SPF 25 they would not equal to a SPF 40- it would only protect the skin as high as the highest SPF (SPF25)

“I am always promoting the value of having good summer skin care and here in clinic we have some great products to help you stay safe under the summer rays. Heliocare and Neostrata’s Sheer Physical Protection sold here in clinic are physical SPF’s. The majority of SPF’s on the high street are chemical protections meaning they can take from 20-40 minutes to start protecting whereas Heliocare & Neostrata’s creams start protecting as soon as you have applied it.”


Heliocare Gel - Aurora Skin ClinicsEvery product in the Heliocare® sun protection range provides high level SPF50 protection using the latest and most advanced UV filters, in skin loving formulations that will leave your skin feeling beautiful. It has been proven in extensive clinical studies to be a powerful natural, skin specific anti-oxidant, helping to prevent photo damage.

Heliocare also comes in tinted shades meaning it can be applied to the face without the need for foundation which is great for a fresh faced look when you are on holiday.

On top of this, Heliocare® sun protection offers further skin cell damage protection and prevention with DNA repair enzymes and additional natural anti-oxidants.

NeoStrata Sheer-Physical-Protection-NeoStrata

A number of NeoStrata products have SPF added into them and the Sheer Physical Protection is no different.

An ultra-fine transparent sun cream disguised as a daily moisturiser, this product offers you a high level of SPF 50 UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with PA++++ which is the highest level of UVA protection available. The product is suitable for pretty much all skin types and is perfect for layering under make-up as part of a daily routine or wear on its own; its universal tint helps to even out the skin tone when applied

Potent antioxidants EGCG Green Tea Extract, Lactobionic Acid and Vitamin E work to neutralize free radicals and help preserve healthy DNA, promoting youthful looking skin.

So next time you decide to jet off on your holidays or want advice on keeping skin healthy during the summer, pop in to pick up your sun cream supplies.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products or finding out more about the ranges then please contact the team on 01844 318825.