At some point sunblock became really fricken complex. Is a higher SPF worth the extra chemicals? Do we need to layer antioxidant serums underneath to add protection? Is sunblock stopping us from getting Vitamin D and causing cancer?
Seriously, it’s a minefield and I don’t know the answers. Regardless I know a few things for myself – I cannot stand to go in the sun without protection. I haven’t seen my skin red and burned for a long time and it’s not something I am keen to risk. Therefore, I sunblock diligently every day. I use an SPF30 and I lean towards natural or minimal chemicals. I want a smooth finish that is not chalky and not drying. And I am pretty impressed with Dermalogica’s peptide-powered AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 moisturiser, which is now available with increased sun protection and the skin-calming benefits of Liquorice extract, so it is more wearable and ideal for ageing or sensitive skin. What’s surprising though is the formula has been boosted from SPF30 to SPF50 through advanced Oleosome technology (more on that later), yet uses 50% less chemical sunscreen agents due to Dermalogica’s encapsulation formulation process.
The formula is also designed to reduce hyperpigmentation and contains a patented polypeptide, which helps to stimulate collagen synthesis, while antioxidant White Tea polyphenols help defend the skin from damaging free radicals. And it still contains a combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Algae Extracts for long lasting hydration and to help fight fine lines associated with dryness as well as a skin smoothing complex to stimulate natural exfoliation.
Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, $114 comes in a 50ml airless pump and is available through authorised stockists and from dermalogica.co.nz
Oh and back to oleosomes. These are naturally occurring spheres of emollient oils and Vitamin E found in Safflower Seeds. These unique molecules are used to deliver active ingredients such as sunscreens directly to the skin surface, and release them over time to ensure maximum skin benefits. In addition, Oleosome technology prevents unwanted oiliness or chalkiness in the product, leaving a smooth finish.