Quick SPF Guide

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There are a lot of decent SPFs on the marketplace now. Here is what to look for, and our favourites.

Look for:

  • SPF30 and above (we prefer SPF50) – they are much thinner and easier to apply than they ever used to be.
  • UVB protection – which is from the SPF factor.
  • UVA protection – the stars – preferably 5 stars, but definitely 4 and above.
  • Sell-by date – if you’re rummaging in the drawers for a sunscreen then make sure it is in date (usually use within 2 years).

Do:

  • Wear every day.
  • Reapply every two hours – or more frequently if needed after swimming etc.
  • Apply to children from the age of 6 months.
  • Remember your ears, hands, and backs of your calf.
  • Practice good overall sun protection – The Skin Cancer Foundation have a great guide here.

Our favourites (with our dermatologist seal of approval):

Epionce SPF50

Epionce sunscreen

Prevents inflammation and reduces signs of skin ageing. Formulated for sensitive skin, to be used every day as the final phase in maintaining skin health. Cosmetically elegant without leaving a white residue commonly seen with other zinc oxide products. Very water resistant so ideal for sporting activities. We sell it in the clinic and have some free samples if you are nearby and pop in. £31.

Altruist

altruist sunscreen

Altruist – developed by a dermatologist in Canterbury it offers premium, affordable sunscreen that protects the skin optimally. £9 – from Amazon.

Eucerin

sunscreen

Eucerin do a few types of SPF50, including one which is good for oily skin. About £16 from boots.

La Roche Posay

posey

La Roche Posay – Very high UVA/UVB facial sun protection and resilient against water and sweat. They also do a kids version. Available form boots – about £18.

If you need help with your skin, or you’re worried about the sun’s effect – book in with one of our dermatology doctors for a mole check or a general skin review.

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What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
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12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago