My Secret 7 SPF Products #11

 

Hello ladies,

It is a gorgeous, cloud free day in London today and it’s the kind of weather where we all should begin to think about starting to apply an SPF.  I used to be an appalling sun bunny myself. I used sun beds and when I was at boarding school I would lie in the sun on tin foil and smother my skin in olive oil. This sun abuse resulted in some quite permanent sun damage in my early life and I now do various skin routines, especially on my face in order to try to counteract this damage.

It is important to know why it is crucial to use an SPF. It provides protection against the harsh UV rays preventing your skin from sun damage, whilst still allowing you to tan giving you that post-holiday healthy glow. If I am going to be exposed to the sun, my normal routine would be to take Dr Sebagh’s Vitamin C powder and mix it with an SPF to give me extra protection against developing dark sun spots. SPF is the last product that I put on my face making sure it is nourishing enough to act as a moisturiser too.

I started to use an SPF properly when I was 35 and below are some of my favourite brands that work incredibly well for me.

Avène Eau Thermale Clearance Solaire SPF 50+

Avene has a range called ‘Clearance’ with a high SPF, targeting oily skin. This French spa company specialises in using thermal spring water in all of their products which contain natural minerals, important for the functioning of antioxidant enzymes naturally found in the skin. Similar to La Roche Posay they primarily specialise in more sensitive skin.

Why I love it?

Their sunscreen ranges from an SPF 30 to SPF 50. It blends very easily onto the skin without leaving a shiny finish.

SkinCeuticals Brightening UV defense SPF 30 

A skincare brand which includes natural minerals, combating dark spots and hyper pigmentation.  Its a broad spectrum SPF, containing Meroxyl XL and coconut oil, two organic ingredients added to filter out both UVA/UVB rays.

Why I love it?

It reduces blemishes and darker areas of the skin which are the most vulnerable to sunlight.

La- Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Dry Touch Tinted Cream/Gel 

Another excellent French skincare company which has a great range called Anthelios. It specifically tackles sensitive skin which is defenceless against the harsh rays. The cream is naturally rich in mineral salts and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that has anti inflammatory properties which soothe skin irritations and redness.

Why I love it?

This oil free cream helps to protect against sun-induced pigment spots and  it’s light application helps the skin absorb it quickly and easily.

Heliocare 360 airgel SPF 50+

This product belongs to AesthetiCare, a private healthcare company which specialise in creating a fantastic SPF . This is particularly good for acne prone and oily skin.  It contains two botanical ingredients, one being green tea extract which stimulates the circulation of the skin and improves the overall skin tone.Another being Fernblock, rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants that help fight oxidative radicals.

Why I love it?

This is my go to SPF that I use when I am in London. It’s a mousse that absorbs immediately, gliding over the skin and not clogging pores. My skin felt plump, hydrated but not oily.

La Roche Posay- Pigmentclar UV SPF 30

La Roche- Posay is one of my favourite French brands that focuses on covering all areas of skin types, specifically dark spots. You can blindfoldly trust their range for problematic skin. Ginkgo Biloba Extract is an active ingredient in this product which helps to combat pigmentation along with reducing skin dryness.

Why I love it?

This product is a very effective way to introduce SPF in your daily skin care routine. It is nourishing like a moisturiser and leaves my skin looking radiant and healthy.

NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35 50ml 

A Canadian based company that are known to include a variety of Alpha-Hydroxy acids in most of their products.This sheer hydration cream targets dry and oily skin and contains N- Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG),an amino sugar naturally found in the skin. This has exfoliating properties that deeply cleanses the skin, avoiding irritation.

Why I love it?

Provides good hydration and the natural extracts help to blend and control oiliness.

Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare- Dark spot sun defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This skincare was created by Dr. Dennis Gross, a leading Manhattan dermatologist who has devoted his life to the science of skincare. The Primrose oil, a rich fatty acid helps the Mela-C complex (comprised of melatonin and three other forms of Vitamin C) enter the skin and protect it from oxidative stress.

Why I love it?

Reduces dark, pigmented areas of the skin and rubs in very easily.

Julia Hunter Skin Therapy calm + repair maximal strength SPF30 

Julia Hunter is a Beverly Hills dermatologist who is passionate about using natural ingredients to improve the overall balance of the skin. This product is particularly good for dry skin, especially those suffering with eczema and psoriasis as it contains Emu oil which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Why I love it?

It is a combined moisturizer and SPF promoting clearer skin. It is both protecting and hydrating at the same time.

* Unfortunately, the Julia Hunter range is not available to buy online in the UK, however you can order the products online through info@drrabiamalik.com or via Grace Belgravia Medical on medical@gracebelgravia.com. They offer an online consultation for prospective clients which allows you to purchase from them directly.

Alternatively, London based patients can book a physical consultation at Belgravia Medical.

8 replies
  1. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Thanks to you, I apply my SPF daily, even in the dead of winter (the snow is so horribly reflective!). I have just ordered an SPF 50 for the warmer months. The condition of my skin is improving — daily exfoliation! — and don’t want to undo it! X

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  2. Ellie
    Ellie says:

    Have you heard of or reviewed Lycogel? I wasreccomended to use this after having 5 treatments of IPL it is a waterproof sunscreen foundation – it stays on all day and is not bad!

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  3. Vix
    Vix says:

    What is the best treatment for crows feet around the eyes. I dont feel botox really gets rid of them, some, but not enough! Advice would be greatly appreciated. Bought some of the above – along with some of your recommended moisturisers, BB creams, Vitamin C cream, eye cream and last but not least some of your recommended masks. YAYyyyyyyy

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    • Trinny
      Trinny says:

      Hi Vix, thank you for your message. I would recommend to keep on using Vitamin C frequently as its more like a treatment and you won’t see instant results as of yet…

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  4. Gwen
    Gwen says:

    Hi Trinny, do you know any spf products that are good for the whole body? I tend to break out on my back really badly, especially when I use sunscreen. I just ordered the Avene Cleanance for my face, and I am super excited to try it, but it only comes in a 50 ml bottle, which is not enough if I want full body coverage to go to the beach. Thanks for you advice!

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  5. Madelin
    Madelin says:

    Trinny I wanted to share a new find. It’s the La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX 50 daily antioxidant serum SPF50. I’ve not seen it in a Boots, only got it online. It is the only sunscreen product I’ve found so far that’s lightweight and has a high spf but is not greasy and doesn’t ball up over the CE Ferulic and under foundation or tinted moisturise. It’s not super moisturising, but it is so great for sunny days. Bloody expensive though, don’t really understand why! Maddie

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