Dr. Brown often says, “The most important anti-aging product that anyone can use is a sunscreen,” regardless of what your skincare regimen looks like, it should always include sunscreen. Constant exposure to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays can be highly detrimental to the skin, leading to premature signs of aging, a damaged skin barrier, fine lines and dark spots, and an increased risk of sunburn. Fortunately, consistent sunscreen application can prevent much of this.
The two ultraviolet rays primarily harming our skin are Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B, associated with aging and burning respectively. Prolonged exposure to both can damage the skin cells on the outer layer of our skin, contributing to premature aging of the skin like dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, increased sunburn, and in some cases skin cancer. This damage, Dr. Brown says, is cumulative. “The sun damage you get at age sixteen stays with you throughout your lifetime- so it can’t be reversed.” The body is able to repair some of the skin cell damage, however unrepaired damage continues to build up overtime.
While it can’t be reversed, Dr. Brown assures it can be prevented. An effective shield against sun damage, sunscreen can block harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin barrier and reduces the likelihood of aging or sunburn. However, application needs to be consistent. “You absolutely need an SPF on a cloudy day- SPF even indoors, sometimes if you’re in an airplane, a sunny room- so yes, SPF always.” Not only does it need to be applied everyday, but Dr. Brown suggests reapplication “at least every two hours if actively in the sun- especially if sweating or swimming.”
If you’re looking to include more SPF into your routine, here are some of our favorite RéVive products with a healthy dose of SPF!
Soleil Superiéur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Pa ++++
This luxurious, lightweight moisturizer took five years create and is now endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Created with an advanced UV Defense System, this formula penetrates skin to provide hydration and ultra-transparent protection against harmful UVB/UVA rays while renewing skin tone and texture. “Our formulation not only combines strong UV protection but includes anti-aging ingredients which are supported with strong clinical results,” says Dr. Brown.
- Moisturizing Renewal Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This bestselling daytime moisturizer is formulated with our signature Bio-Renewal Peptide and a broad-spectrum SPF 30 to treat, hydrate, and protect skin from sun damage, aging, and daily aggressors. This formula is also packed with our Rapid Renewal Complex and a blend of antioxidants, minerals, Vitamins C, E and marine adaptogens to shield skin from stressful environmental conditions and reinforce the moisture barrier.
Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
The neck and decolletage are as susceptible to sun damage as the face is. The Fermitif Neck Cream contains both Bio-Renewal and Bio-Firming Technology, powerful Phyto-Firming Agents, and Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 to improve skins elasticity, lift the look of skin, and protect against sun damage that can cause the area to display signs of aging.
Sensitif Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This lightweight eye cream is formulated with a non-irritating mineral sunscreen system consisting of non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that protects the sensitive eye area from daily UVA/UVB exposure. With caffeine and prebiotics, this formula brightens, hydrates, and reduces redness in the eye area while balancing the skin’s microbiome.