How to Choose the Right SPF in Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s

October 31, 2013

With outdoor weather in full swing, wearing SPF is a skincare essential, but most of us struggle with finding the right formula. Annet King, Director of Global Education for The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, shares her best advice for choosing the right SPF products for your skin at every age.

Since oil production is still high, skin may be breakout prone. Clients need a daily SPF formula that does not clog follicles or contribute to comedones, and fragrance, color, Isopropyl Myristate, Lanolin and Mineral Oil should all be avoided. Suggest a lightweight SPF that helps combat and treat breakout prone skin and soak up excess oil, and add an eye treatment with SPF to your clients’ regimens to prevent future ultraviolet (UV) damage like crow’s feet.
Try: Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 

Recommend a tinted moisturiser! Multi benefit, 3-in-1 products with a wash of colour, hydration and built-in broad spectrum SPF are ideal. Another option is to customise your clients’ moisturisers by mixing in a SPF booster. Look for the latest oleosome technology that also acts as an emulsifier and allows for a higher concentration of sunscreen ingredients without the irritation.
Try: Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF20

Signs of ageing and hyper-pigmentation are more evident in your 40s, so SPF30 or higher will best address firmness, elasticity and age-related triggers like reactive oxygen species (ROS). Clients can layer an age-fighting skin primer with peptides, Pearl Powder and SPF30 to help combat harmful rays while smoothing lines.
Try: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF30

Skin is significantly drier and more sensitive in your 50s, so a chemical SPF might not be an option. Suggest an ultra-sensitive SPF30 that has physical sunscreen ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, as well as built-in calming complexes to soothe skin. If your clients’ skin is very dry, recommend an appropriate moisturiser under which they can layer SPF.
Try: Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF30

What’s your favourite product with SPF? Share in the comments below!

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