April 19 2010
Ever since I witnessed a beauty presentation in which a dermatologist employed the disturbing analogy of a mattress with collapsed springs to explain how UVA damages the underlying support structure of elastin and collagen in the skin, I’ve been scrupulous about applying sunscreen to my face.
In France, when walking my dog under the fierce Poitevin sun, I use the French brand La Roche-Posay, which is little known in the UK but widely believed by beauty insiders to offer a really effective defence possible against harmful UVA rays, thanks to its concentration of filters based on the UV-absorber, Mexoryl.
The product that I use, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Extreme Fluid SPF 50 (£16), is ideal for extreme conditions, including the ski slopes. It comes in a small, neat, ergonomic conainer and it doesn’t cast a white pall over the face.
High-factor sunscreens have had a bad press recently in the light of new research suggesting that they block vitamin D production in the skin; however, experts point out that this is not a licence to expose your skin to the rays that can cause premature ageing. Haunted by the image of that collapsed mattress, I, for one, won’t be throwing my sunscreen away in the near future.