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The right SPF for your skin type
Tue, May 11, 21

The right SPF for your skin type

You know you have to wear it daily, but are you wearing the right SPF for your skin type?

All beauty enthusiasts know at this stage that we need to be wearing SPF as part of our daily routine. Without adequate sun care protection all year round, our expensive serums and creams may actually prove pointless..

Pamela Hamilton, skincare advisor at Irish beauty e-tailer explains, “It is so important we wear SPF all year round. Yes even in Ireland! Your face and body are exposed to UV radiation every day through clouds, rain, glass, sun or snow so going unprotected on an overcast day can lead to as much damage as to a sunny day. Everyone, including men and children over the age of 6 months, should be wearing sun protection on exposed skin. Generally day to day, this will be our face, neck and hands. These in turn are the areas we see ageing start first..” 

This May also marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Pamela notes, “Not only is SPF the most important part of our skincare regime, it also reduces the risk of melanoma by 50%. It’s important to remember that not all sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure your SPF is labelled Broad Spectrum, which means it contains a combination of ingredients to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. As we wearing it daily, it’s important that we are also choosing the right SPF for our specific skin types so we get the most benefit from each and every product we apply.” top picks for SPF by Concern


Oily Skin


Alumier Moisture Matte is a powerful Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 which gives protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays using a combination of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Added antioxidants such as caffeine, silybin and knotgrass protect the skin against free radicals. This formula lightly moisturises to smooth and hydrate while absorbing excess oil to create a matte finish. For days when you want to skip your makeup regime, Alumier Moisture matte’s encapsulated beads blend on the skin creating a sheer tint and healthy glow. Available in three different tints.


Combination Skin

IMAGE Prevention Daily Matte Moisturiser SPF 32 is an oil-free, broad spectrum sunscreen that delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant rich base that’s perfect for combination, oily or acne skin types. Not only does it protect against harmful UV rays but it doubles up as a protection primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application.

Sensitive Skin


Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a 100% mineral sunscreen that protects from UVA & UVB rays, shields from pollution and radiation and works to prevent premature ageing. This SPF suits all skin types especially those with sensitive skin and high colouring. It is fragrance free, chemical free and also has a soft peach tint to colour correct skin and even out the skin tone. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E for to help reverse free radical damage, brighten skin, build collagen and lessen pigmentation.

Dry Skin

Environ Sun care RAD SPF 15 is a creamy but light-weight SPF that contains a mixture of both chemical and physical SPF that give broad spectrum protection. Perfect for dry skin to give instant relief, this fast-absorbing cream is ideal for under make-up. As with any Environ product, this tube, which can be used on the face and body, protects the skin from free radicals and is packed full of antioxidants to keep the skin cells strong.



Murad Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a daily SPF30 moisturiser that will nourish, protect and restore the skins suppleness. This non-greasy,  anti-aging moisturiser contains powerful antioxidants to protect from free radical damage and skin is left hydrated and conditioned due to essential fatty acids. Pomegranate and grape seed extracts give your skin its bounce back and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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