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Why should you wear an SPF all year round?

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Now that the weather’s cooling down, and the summer is finally over for another year, you might have started skipping the SPF and sun protection as part of your skincare routine.

Although, while it’s especially important to protect your skin from the sun in the hotter months, and in warmer climates, many people don’t realise that we need to protect our skin from sun damage all year long – even in winter.

Why do we need sun protection in winter?

The sun’s UV rays can damage the skin throughout the year. UVA rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles and ageing, while UVB rays can burn the skin. Even on a cold, overcast day, up to 80 percent of these rays can actually penetrate clouds.

New studies have also shown that our skin pigment cells can not only be damaged by these UV rays from the sun, but also by lower doses of ambient and infrared light! This means your computer screen, mobile phone or lightbulbs could inadvertently be causing your skin to age.

Finally, wearing sunscreen daily is proven to slow down the ageing process by 24%.

Luckily, ZO Skin Health have a way for you to easily incorporate sun protection into your winter skin routine. ZO Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer has SPF 30 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as well as HEV light, it also doubles up as a makeup primer, so it’s easy to incorporate into your morning routine. With a universal tint to match all skin tones, it’s silky matter finish also works to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, and can be worn either alone or over makeup.

Find out more about ZO Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer

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Choosing the Right Sun Care for You

Damage from UV rays and HEV light can create a wide berth of problems for the skin. From hyperpigmentation and an early onset of wrinkles to more dangerous health risks such as skin cancer. So sun care products are essential to protecting yourself against these harmful rays. But which type of sun care is ideal for your skin type? sun care

There are two types of sun care; chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Below we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each formulation to help you decipher which is the most compatible and beneficial for your skin type and lifestyle.

Formula

The most obvious difference between physical and chemical sunscreen is its actual appearance. Physical sunscreen is commonly a thicker, milky white formula that needs to be thoroughly and generously rubbed in. In contrast, chemical sunscreen is a thinner, clearer formula that can easily be absorbed into the skin.

Sun Care Depending on Skin Conditions

Physical sunscreen is better for sensitive, acne and rosacea skin as it is less likely to cause skin irritation and clogged pores. However, the multitude of ingredients required in chemical sunscreen to allow full broad-spectrum protection results in a higher likelihood of irritation for sensitive skin.

 

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What’s more, physical sunscreen can deflect heat from the sun away from the skin which is ideal for rosacea sufferers. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs and transforms UV rays into heat energy, meaning that for those with rosacea skin, there is a higher chance for redness and flare-ups.

Longevity and Effectiveness

While physical sunscreens instantly protect the skin from the sun, chemical sunscreen requires approximately 20 minutes to be fully effective. Similarly, physical sunscreens last longer when in direct sunlight, while chemical sunscreens require more frequent re-application to remain useful.

However, physical sunscreens are not effective when the body gets wet or sweaty. Any physical activity can easily make it rub off. Plus, if physical sunscreen is not applied thoroughly, the skin may not have total protection. In comparison, the molecular formulas of chemical sunscreens have no spaces between molecules so there is no risk of UV getting between and into the skin.

Find all ZO Skin Health’s various sun care products here.

Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

oclipse-sunscreen-primer-spf30Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection

The Most Common Skin Condition and How to Prevent It

We asked some of our ZO skin health professionals what is the most common skin problem that they encounter in their clinics. The answer may surprise you…it’s sun damage. Yes, many dermatologists have expressed how sun damage and the multiple consequences it has on the skin is a primary issue for many patients. So we thought we’d give you some tips on how to prevent it.

What is Photodamage?

Photodamage also known as sun damage or photo-ageing is a skin condition that can affect any skin type. It develops when the skin is exposed to an overwhelming amount of harmful UV rays from sun exposure. It commonly begins to occur as young as two or three years old however it is still undetectable at this stage.  As a person grows older, and thus experience more sun exposure the damage caused becomes clinically significant. Pigmentation, wrinkling and loss of elasticity become more apparent.

It is imperative that early signs of photodamage be recognised and treated as this will help to avoid development of more severe and clinically challenging types of sun damage. Regrettably, the early stages of photodamage such as tanning, freckles, and lentigines are often ignored and treatment is only sought out when the condition becomes more severe, for instance when actinic keratoses and skin cancers appear.

Addressing Photodamage

The ideal way to tackle photodamage is to prevent it ever from occurring. This requires going beyond basic sun protection, and incorporating Dr Zein Obagi’s Key Principles of Skin Health Restoration:photodamage

  1. Avoid tanning entirely

Tanned skin is actually a display of DNA damage as well as a multitude of other unhealthy skin changes. These can have a significant negative consequence over time. Consequently, you should try to avoid excessive sun exposure. Wearing protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved tops, and trouser as well as avoiding outdoor activities during peak time (between 10am-4pm) is advised.

  1. Do not rely on sunscreens alone

Regardless of how high a level of SPF you have in your sunscreen; it inevitably comes off after only one to two hours. So you must reapply it frequently throughout the day. Additionally, even if you do consistently apply sunscreen, research has demonstrated that people do not actually apply enough. So make sure to use plenty of sunscreen and don’t forget to cover everywhere; including the ears, hands, back of the knees and feet.

  1. Implement a daily skincare routine to ensure optimum skin protection

Following a skincare program that provides stabilisation of the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and the dermis (inner layer of skin) will increase the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself. To promote and enhance the skin’s barrier function, use a suitable concentration of retinol and AHAs daily. Always apply sunscreen after these active ingredients.  In addition, the skin should be supplied with a formulation that consists of 4-6 types of antioxidants for DNA protection and to stimulate skin repair.

Product Recommendation

 ZO Skin Health’s Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF50 is a highly advanced, SPF 50 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and HEV protection.  In addition, it is formulated to inhibit pigmentation. Furthermore, it has a sophisticated 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex to guard against photodamage. Plus, this sunscreen doubles as a sheer tint primer. Comprised of customisable colour-bursting beads to release a subtle tint for the appearance of a radiant and healthy glow.


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How To Fight Signs of Ageing

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Do you want to grow old gracefully? Then follow our top tips on preventing, protecting and fighting against signs of ageing.

Use Your Skincare Products as Directed

While this might sound like common sense, it’s very common practice for some to go overboard with their skincare. Whether it’s excitement at having a new product or impatient at slow results. Active ingredients can do more harm than good when used too much. Applying more than recommended can cause clogged pores, an uneven complexion and many other unwanted effects. So just be patient and follow instructions to get the best results.

Stop Using Products that Sting or Burn Unless Prescribed by a Dermatologist

Irritating the skin makes signs of ageing more noticeable. Some anti-ageing products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting.  When using a prescription anti-ageing product, this can be okay. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.

Give the Product Time to Work

As mentioned above, while a hydrator can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take some time for results to appear, so be patient.

Do Not Sunbathe

Regardless of whether you get your tan from natural sunlight or a tanning bed, these are both dangerous practices. This is because you are exposing your skin to harmful UV rays that can accelerate ageing, such as an onset of wrinkles, brown spots and a blotchy complexion. What’s more, it can cause skin cancer. As an alternative, if you are absolutely desperate for a tan, why not apply a self-tanning cream to achieve a summer glow, the safe way.

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Sun Protection

Speaking of harmful UV rays, you must wear an SPF year round to protect your skin. 80% of UV rays still penetrate a cloudy sky, so you’re still susceptible to sun damage, even it’s not blazing hot. Why not use the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer. This multi-tasking beauty works to protect your skin and doubles as a makeup primer!

If you Smoke, Stop Now!

Apart from the countless health complications, smoking also greatly speeds up ageing skin. It causes wrinkles as well as a dull, sallow complexion.

Avoid Repetitive Facial Expressions

When you make a facial expression, such as squinting or frowning you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. So try to get out of the habit.

Follow ZO’s Recommended Daily Skincare Program

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Of course, alongside all these lifestyle tips, following a regular skincare regime is an absolute must.

Daily Skincare Programme

Step

Morning

Evening

1

Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds.Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds.

2

For Dry Skin: Use Offects® Exfoliating Polish 2-3 times a week, only.

For Oily Skin: Apply a small amount of Vitascrub™ to a damp face and neck and then massage it into your skin for 40-60 seconds.

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

3

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair 2 times week and then increasing as tolerated. However, make sure to skip days between applications.

4

Apply 1-2 pumps of Glycogent™ for each application or as directed by a physician.Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus to face and neck on nights when Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is not used.

5

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Daily Power Defense on your face and neck to strengthen skin.

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6

Apply Oclipse-C™ Sunscreen SPF 50 or Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 generously to the face and neck.n/a

The Necessity of UV Protection; Even in Winter

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It can’t be stressed enough, how important UV protection is year-round. UVA and UVB rays still penetrate the skin even when it’s grey and cloudy! Your skin is just as susceptible to developing skin damage or skin cancer in the winter months as in the summer.

Sun damage is connected to signs of premature skin ageing. Even a few minutes of exposure daily throughout the years can cause damage to the skin. From hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles to loose, leathery skin. The damage caused by repeated exposure to the sun is often referred to as photo-ageing. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well weakening skin elasticity. This is what results in skin looking loose, leathery and wrinkled.

The intensity of photo-ageing is dependent on a person’s skin colour combined with their history of sun exposure. People with fairer skin tones commonly suffer more than those with darker skin. Those with darker skin tones are fortunate to be limited to fine lines, wrinkles and possibly an uneven, pigmented skin tone. However, it is important for all skin tones to take the proper precautions for UV protection.

Some important things to remember for the colder months…

  • While UVB rays may decrease during the winter, UVA rays are still ever-present and dangerous. They can play a major role in premature skin ageing alongside risks of skin cancer.
  • Cloudy weather does not offer much protection. Up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate this deceptive cover and cause harm to your skin.
  • Sun damage is cumulative. Many do not realise that skin cancer and premature ageing can occur at its worst from a day in and day out exposure to UV rays, not just in the summer. 
  • The damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not necessarily externally visible, but rather a collection of micro-scars that damage the skin.

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Make sure to protect your skin with a good sunscreen for UV protection

ZO Skin Health’s, Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is clinically proven to be a non-irritating UVA & UVB blocker. It fights the damaging effects of the sun with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as well as providing additional protection with natural melanin. But that’s not all, it also multitasks as an anti-ageing product, helping to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Plus it doubles up as a makeup primer! So it’s something you’ll want to wear every day. Have you ever said that about a sunscreen? It’s the smart sunscreen. So if you’re going to do just one nice thing for your skin this is it.

Winter Skincare

We all know we shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to our winter skincare regime. Yet every year when the colder months come around, we find ourselves slacking on the routine we were so dedicated to, during the summer. It’s easy to become indifferent to skincare when you’re covered by a ton of layers, but trust us when we say, your skin will thank you for being attentive year-round!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when updating your winter skincare routine.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

ZO Skin Health’s first steps to achieving healthy skin are; cleanse, scrub and oil-control. These objectives enable the skin to function properly and to tolerate all daily exposure and activities.

Correction

You can correct and restore the surface texture of your skin through exfoliation. Exfoliating promotes skin-cell turnover and avoids a build up of dead skin cells to allow your skin to look it’s freshest.

SPF

Remember to ensure that your daily primer or cream has SPF such as our Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer in SPF30. UV rays can still damage your skin even in winter so an SPF is always essential.

Stabilisation

As the temperatures drop and indoor heating rises, it will cause your skin to become dull and lack-lustre. So after you’ve cleansed your face, it’s essential that you strengthen your skin and restore normal hydration to it. ZO’s Ossential Daily Power Defense is the perfect serum as it speeds up the skin’s natural mechanism to repair DNA damage and protect against future oxidative damage. In addition to providing antioxidant protection to combat free-radical damage and restore the skin’s barrier system.

Diet

During the summer you’re constantly drinking water because of the warmer weather but in the winter it’s still just as important to keep yourself hydrated. It doesn’t matter how good your skincare routine is, if you’re not drinking enough your water, your skin will be negatively affected. Alongside a healthy supply of water, your body also needs as good a diet as ever, so avoid the comfort foods and stick to healthy alternatives.

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