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I wanted to write up this post because I see a lot of people using products like Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Essential Oils and not knowing how to use them and worse, I am seeing bloggers recommending these sun sensitising ingredients without telling their readers that if you’re going to get into serious skin care you have to wear SPF daily and not just once in the morning and forget about it, you have to constantly reapply throughout the day because if you don’t all that hard work you do at night with your retinols and AHA’s is just going to be all undone when you step out into the sun and cause you more problems.

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When using products that cause sun sensitivity we need to be careful and always to remember to SPF.
I always recommend using at least an SPF 30 everyday and reapplying every 3 hours if you are outside or beside a window with direct sunlight, there are some fantastic ways of reapplying such as a powdered mineral SPF i did a review of Brush on Block a while back and its great for reapplication because not only is it an SPF its a powder as well so it will help combat shine.

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I personally wear an SPF 50 daily, the Bioderma Photoderm MAX does the job for me but i know not everyone can use organic (chemical) filters so i try to make sure there is something for everyone. Heliocare makes a fantastic physical sunscreen, Mineral SPF 50+

Products that you need to use SPF with 

  • AHA’s (glycolic, lactic ,citric, mandelic, tartaric and malic acids)
  • BHA (salicylic Acid)
  • Retinol (Any and all forms of retinol)
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Hydroquinone
  • Essential Oils (bergamot, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and mandarin leaf)

Talking about the use of Essential oils, I generally would just avoid them but that’s just me but a lot of people do like using them and that’s fine its personal preference but these can be particularly dangerous to use because certain essential oils can cause something called “Phytophotodermatitis” a skin condition caused by a chemical reaction that leaves skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light. 

The image above is Phytophotodermatitis caused by a citric acid, lime 

If you are going to use any of these products/ingredients just make sure that you are always aware that you need to be using SPF daily, you dont want to end up with skin worse than what it was before you started because you forgot to put on sunscreen.

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