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Sun Creams vs Moisturisers With SPF

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Speak to almost any dermatologist and they will say that the best method for keeping your skin healthy is wearing SPF every day. The detrimental impact that sunlight has on our skin, in terms of health and cosmetic, is well documented. A recent study called into question our approach to sun protection and how we apply it.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that our choice of sunscreen – sun creams or moisturisers with SPF – can determine how we apply it and ultimately, how well our skin is protected. The study found that those who used moisturiser with SPF were likely to miss 16.6% of their face compared to those who applied sun cream, who missed just 11.1%.

“When applying both sunscreen and moisturiser, the area around to eyes is often missed, particularly near the nose. Participants covered a smaller area of the face when using moisturiser compared to sunscreen,” said Mr Austin McCormick, researcher and consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon.

Interestingly, the study also found that men were marginally better at applying the products than women, as were people with darker skin tones and older participants. The majority of the study failed to apply enough product sufficiently and effectively.

So, how can you up your sun protection game? Finding a formula that works for your skin will make it feel like less of a chore. If you prefer to use a moisturiser with SPF rather than sun cream because they’re lighter in texture and block your pores, it might be worth looking into a translucent formula such as iS Clinical Eclipse SPF50+, £32. Not only it is lightweight, but it also doesn’t leave a chalky white finish. Incorporating Salicylic Acid into your routine with also help to unclog pores and prevent any SPF-induced breakouts.

For super lightweight SPF 30 protection, look to Coola Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray, £39 – you do need to spritz this liberally though. This is also particularly good for when you need to reapply throughout the day. For example, at lunchtime if you intend on spending the full hour outside in the sun, you’ll need to reapply SPF and this formula won’t mess up your make-up or leave a heavy film over your skin.

To read more about being sun safe, read Sun Protection: The Ultimate Guide To SPF.

Is There Any Merit To Reverse Washing?

Reverse Washing

Shampoo and condition is the two-step hair care routine that has been ingrained in most of us since we were children. There is a small movement encouraging us to rethink our approach though. Advocates of reverse washing suggest that conditioning your hair before shampooing could be the key to attaining that soft, bouncy, healthy mane of hair usually associated with a trip to the salon.

The theory is that conditioner can often weigh down your hair, leaving it feeling heavy and potentially even a little greasy within a day. By switching the two around it’s thought that you get the benefits of conditioner without any of the weight.

Not everyone is convinced though. “Firstly, a few minutes is not enough time for the product to work effectively. They should be left on for a minimum of 20 minutes, with a shower cap covering the hair to hold in heat, in order to properly penetrate the hair shaft,” explains trichologist Anabel Kingsley. “Secondly, pre-shampoo treatments should not replace post-shampoo conditioners (and vice versa). You should shampoo and condition as usual afterwards.”

To ensure that your hair is fully conditioned, Kingsley recommends applying a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment for at least 20 minutes before shampooing with the help of a shower cap.

So, are pre-shampoo treatments worth it?

While there are plenty of intensive pre-shampoo treatments on the market, you can also use your existing hair oil, and in some cases your face oil. For example, if you use Repairing Oil by 72 Hair as a post-styling product to smooth your cuticles, you should consider applying it to damp hair, from mid-lengths and ends, 20 minutes before washing your hair as normal.

This trick also works with GoW’s 100% Organic Pressed Argan Oil and 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

What about finding the right shampoo

It’s easy to overlook shampoo and reach for any formula on the shelf, however the wrong shampoo can leave your hair feeling feeling greasy and unclean or stripped and dry. Color Wow’s Color Security Shampoo is a good all-rounder that works on pretty much any hair and has a clever amino complex that locks in colour and nutrients. We also recommend Green People’s Intensive Repair Shampoo as you can get away with washing your hair just twice a week.

If you’re looking for more of a treatment, look to Ful.Vic.Health Fulvic Acid Shampoo. Using the powerful Ioniplex ingredient found in the bestselling Ionicell supplement, this shampoo helps to clean your hair, as well infuse it with non-humic fulvic acid which helps to nourish your scalp.

Could A ‘Nature Pill’ Be The Answer To Your Stress?

Natures Pill

It’s Stress Awareness Month, so you might have noticed an increase in stress-related headlines filtering into your morning news feed. Rather than flagging up the impact of rising stress and anxiety levels on our health, a new study offers a refreshingly easy-to-implement solution that could lower your cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Read More…

Why It’s Time Sit Less And Move More

Move More

How much of the day do you think you spend sitting down? It might surprise you, but the majority of us spend at least nine hours on our bum every day. And before you blame your job, we’re just as guilty of swapping a brisk walk for a Netflix marathon at the weekend. Read More…

Why It Might Be Time To Eat More Mushrooms


Some people love them, others would rather pass on them, but mushrooms are garnering a fair amount of attention in the health world at the moment. A recent study by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that eating more than two portions of mushrooms a week can seriously improve your brain functions. The study focused on a group of 600 Chinese seniors (over the age of 60) and concluded that those who ate more mushrooms were 50% more likely to fend off mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Read More…

Meet The Woman Behind Vice Reversa


We’ve had sheet masks and we’ve had micro-needling, but the latest trend blends the two and has the potential to be even bigger than what’s gone before it. Micro-needling patches are popping up all over the place. But, with 0.3mm needles made from a crystallised blend of active ingredients that dissolve into your skin, Vice Reversa patches are nothing short of revolutionary. We met Annie Shortall, the woman behind the brand to find out more… Read More…