The most important thing you can do for your skin is wear sunblock. The sun is responsible for 90% of premature skin ageing, so wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunblock to protect the skin against damaging UVA and UVB rays when you’re out and about is essential.
“Whilst Vitamins A and B are the go-to cosmeceuticals for all skin types, the most important anti-ageing ingredient is zinc oxide. This ingredient provides primary protection against the harmful effects of solar damage, including UVA, UVB and Infrared (IR) rays.
Solar radiation is the number-one cause of environmental ageing,” founder and cosmetic chemist at Synergie Skin Terri Vinson explains.
“Zinc oxide in the form of moisturisers or mineral makeup with at least 20% zinc oxide is the first line of defence against free radical damage, developing fine lines and uneven skin tone. My preference is to use mineral (inorganic) solar protection in the form of zinc oxide as there are generally less side effects compared with many chemical sunscreens currently on the market. Solar protection is the number-one anti-ageing ingredient.”