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Sun protection


We take sun care very seriously at Clinique Elan as it is the number one anti ageing defence we can recommend.  Sun damage is something we see on a daily basis, presenting in anything from collagen and elastin loss to skin damage, including pigmentation, Melanoma and other skin cancers.

Unfortunately living in New Zealand we are in a situation where we must use sun protection every day.  No matter if you are working inside or out, it takes less than 10 minutes to cause lasting damage. Even inside workers get enough sun daily to show later in life. 

Choosing a sunscreen

The above table (please click on it to enlarge) is a breakdown of the sunscreen types that we carry.  We have quite a range, to ensure we cater for all needs. All our sunscreens are not your typical greasy, sticky ones that we all remember from 10 years ago. They are formulated by reputable cosmeceutical brands and have had rigorous testing done to ensure efficacy and coverage, while still being part of your skincare routine. They all contain clean ingredients, not tested on animals and have minimal chance of reaction. 

Most people need more than one type of sunscreen, one for every day wear and one for what we usually refer to as 'beach' care, which are a bit gruntier to help protect while sweating, swimming and/or being outdoors for longer periods. 

Understanding the differences

There is a lot of buzz around chemical vs physical sunscreens,. The main thing to know is that the majority of articles you read that are written stating 'chemical' sunscreens are bad, are written by companies who produce only mineral/physical sunscreens. We are made up of chemicals, so avoiding chemicals is a little hard to do! Some cheaper sunscreen brands you need to be cautious about in terms of what other ingredients are put into their formulas. With cosmeceuticals, you can rest assured that if an ingredient doesn't need to be in there, it wont be.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin, then creating a chemical reaction that converts the UV rays into heat. Mineral sunscreens work by reflecting the UV rays. 

You will find that some of our products contain both active formulas, giving the benefit of both, and therefore ensuring extra protection.  

general guidelines:

  • Always reapply sunscreen every two hours.

  • 1/2 tsp is necessary for full face coverage

  • When outdoors for long periods, cover up as much as possible. Wear a hat and polarised sunglasses.

  • Pay attention to expiry dates. Buying the largest bottle is not always the best, as they do expire.