Gone are my days basking in the glorious sunshine smothered in coconut oil. When I was younger I didn’t know the importance of skin care, it was all about getting a tan and the darker the better, there was never any real sunscreen in sight.

One of my concerns as I get older is anti-ageing, I certainly didn’t know that 90% of ageing comes from UV rays daily.

Sunscreens protect us from the UV rays that are harmful to our skin, there are 2 different types of UV rays we should be concerned about:

UVA rays are responsible for ageing, pigmentation and decreased collagen along with loss of skin tone and elasticity.

UVB rays are responsible for burning, tanning and skin cancers.


There are 2 different types of SPF (sun factor protection), physical and chemical.

Physical sunscreens sit on the skins surface and light is reflected and scattered away from the skin.

Chemical sunscreens mainly absorb and deactivate the UV rays changing the light energy into heat.

So how do we know we are protected against UV rays?

Thanks to FDA regulations we can be confident in sunscreen’s ability to adequately protect us against UVA AND UVB rays on a daily basis, when we see the words ‘broad-spectrum’ along with an SPF of 15 and higher.


Did you know:

UVA radiation produced by the sun can be as harmful on a cloudy day as on a sunny day, and even when we are indoors.

An average T shirt has an SPF of 6, this is enough to prevent sunburn but not enough to prevent deeper skin damage.

 Surfaces like sand, snow and water reflect UV rays increasing exposure and risk.
 Alumier MD offer a fantastic range of broad-spectrum physical sunscreens all packed with free radical quenching antioxidants to protect the skin.

Sheer hydration SPF 40 is a lovely and hydrating 100% physical sunscreen

Suitable for all skin types and available tinted and non-tinted.

Clear shield is a light weight 100% physical SPF 42, it contains niacinamide to soothe and calm the skin.

Suitable for sensitive, red prone and acne skin.

Moisture matt is a 100% physical SPF 40

Available in 3 colours with colour encapsulated technology which blends onto the skin creating a sheer tint and healthy glow.

Perfect for the foundation lover, excellent for holidays.

Matt finish for normal to oily skin types.

No matter what the weather, sunscreen is the only product you should never skip.

At Brow Envy we offer free skin consultations. If you would like to come into salon to discuss your skin concerns you can book an appointment using our app Brow Envy Plymouth (iPhone or Android) or give us a call on 01752 228 777.

We stock a full range of Alumier MD products in salon, including all broad-spectrum SPFs, pop in and see us and one of our skin experts will be able to advise for all your skin concerns.