It’s not breaking news; we all know the importance of sun protection by now. But, it’s important to remember we need to wear it daily – not just on sunny holidays or the odd day we hit 18 degrees in Scotland!
Whether you’re walking the dog, driving to work, or doing the garden, our skin needs protection from the sun’s powerful UV rays even on days when it seems cloudy.
Sun damage can affect all ages, genders and skin types and causes premature ageing of the skin, pigmentation, age spots, and not forgetting more serious issues, such as melanoma.  This is why it is so vital we ALL wear it every day. Wearing your SPF every day is one of the best ways to minimise harmful sun damage and maintain younger-looking skin.
Feel like you’re covered because your foundation has an SPF? Well whilst this is certainly better than bare skin, unfortunately the levels provided in these products is just not enough.

At Zen we recommend broad spectrum products which offer at least SPF 30 or SPF 50, and will minimise free radical and environmental damage.
We have some brilliant options for you to explore but I wanted to share a couple of my favourites:

Starting with Medik8’s highest protection – the Advanced Day Ultimate Protect- Age-Defying Moisturiser with Photolyase SPF 50+, it contains ingredients that not only protect against sun exposure, but blue light, pollution and infrared. To top it all off it’s elevated with next-generation DNA repair enzymes. Their most advanced 360° environmental shield, ever.

Secondly we have the perfect option for a two-in-one moisturiser, the Medik8 Daily Radiance Vitamin C-Tetra Cream SPF 30. This cream delivers powerful antioxidant protection alongside a non-greasy broad spectrum SPF 30. With its cashmere texture it feels light and hydrating, perfect for every day wear.

I couldn’t not tell you about one of my all-time favourite products, Heliocare 360 AirGel SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB. If there was one product I can give to everyone it would be this! It’s got a super light, transparent formula that not only has a gorgeous apricot scent, it is water resistant and suitable for all skin types. Wear this over your normal day cream or under foundation, or on those make-up free days, enjoy the lovely glow it leaves on your skin by itself! Heliocare also offer the same protection in a gel formula, and a body SPF spray too.  You can save 10% when purchasing any Heliocare product by ordering here.

In short, protection is the answer if you want to avoid sun damage and it looks beautiful on everyone. Once you’ve chosen your sunscreen and added it to your daily beauty regime, all that’s left for you to do is look put the shades on (you need to protect those eyes too) and smile!


Fiona Fowley

By Fiona Fowley, Director.

Fiona Fowley is the beauty expert and entrepreneur behind the Zen Lifestyle salon. Originally a beauty therapist, Fiona realised there was a gap in the market to create a unique kind of customer experience in the UK beauty and spa industry. She created Zen Lifestyle to provide discerning clients with an exceptionally high standard of therapies in luxurious, beautifully designed surroundings. she has led the business to over 20 national beauty awards, as well as being voted UK Salon of the Year 5 times.