The Importance of Sun Protection

Dr Raquel Amado
By Dr Raquel Amado

Medical director of Dr Raquel Skin&Medical Cosmetics, Lvl 7 graduate&aesthetic awards finalist 2022. She is also a Lead Senior Clinical Mentor at Harley Academy.

Long-term unprotected sun exposure is responsible for 90% of the signs of skin ageing.

The two main types of damaging rays are UVA and UVB and they are the ones causing fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of elasticity and skin cancer.

They can pass through glass and clouds which means we need protection always.

The SPF number shows the level of protection from UVB rays.

An SPF of 30 blocks 96,7 % of UV rays so only 3,3% will get through.

However, only recently was found UVA should be the focus of sun protection as is the UVA that is responsible for 95% of photoaging and skin cancer.

The most important thing to look for on a sunscreen label is “broad spectrum” which means that you will be protected against UVA and UVB.


Importance of sun protection

It is also important to notice which type of filters your sunscreen has.

There are 2 types, the Chemical and the Physical. The main difference is that chemical sunscreens have small particles that will be absorbed by the skin and studies suggest that they can potentially be dangerous to our health.

While the physical filters just sit on your skin making a barrier. Examples of Physical sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

It is also important to see if your sunscreen has antioxidants like caffeine, Silybin, knotgrass, grape seed, Glutathione, etc. This will help to protect the skin against free radicals produced when we expose our skin to UV radiation.

So, when looking for sunscreen always look for a physical, broad-spectrum, SPF of at least 30 and ideally with antioxidants.

AllumierMD has an amazing range of these products. They are created with proven safety records and they have no nasties. 

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging skin, Sunscreen and AlumierMD FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging skin, Sunscreen and AlumierMD questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging skin, Sunscreen and AlumierMD clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Raquel Amado who is from Dr Raquel Skin and Medical Cosmetics.

Throughout her career, Dr Raquel has understood that most people are looking for a reliable, honest relationship with their practitioner, which is why she takes the time to understand how her patients feel.

Dr Raquel is known for her friendly and caring manner, being discreet, and putting her patients at ease.

She is committed to the provision of safe, high-quality patient care in order to achieve the best outcomes for patients, and make them feel confident in their own skin.

Call Dr Raquel Skin and Medical Cosmetics on 01732 525 875 or visit

Thanks to the author

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