5 Mins With Emma Hobson, Dermal Institute

Skincare pro, Emma Hobson.
Skincare pro, Emma Hobson.

Dermalogica expert Emma Hobson chats with Professional Beauty about the importance of incorporating sun care into your client’s skincare regime.

Most beauty therapists understand the basics of sunscreen, but sun care is often a missed step in many clients’ skincare routines, and it can make the difference between a youthful or aged appearance, according to Dermalogica expert and International Dermal Institute’s Emma Hobson. Hobson sat down to reinforce the importance of thgis often overlooked area with Professional Beauty

What’s the biggest misconception most beauty therapists have when treating clients with ageing skin?

“It’s not a misconception, but rather areas that some don’t put enough emphasis on when it comes to client education, effective treatment protocols and product choices in relation to the vital importance of antioxidants when trying to fight oxidative stress that is a significant contributor to premature ageing, educating clients on glycation, and the effect stress has on ageing of our skin.”

Why should beauty therapists recommend sunscreen as part of their clients’ skincare regimes?

“It’s the responsibility for a skin therapist to educate and ensure their clients skin is the healthiest possible. The number one concern must be to protect the skin from the ravaging effects of UV rays and free radical damage by ensuring their clients use a sun screen packed with anti-oxidants with an SPF30-50. This is without doubt the best anti-ageing product on the market!”

What about the rumors that sunscreen itself is linked with cancer?

“There is no scientific evidence with any credible research to support this rumor.”

What’s the difference between a good sunscreen and a bad one?

“Good sunscreens today are more than a cream with an SPF factor; they are advanced treatment products that enhance the appearance and quality of the skin. A good sunscreen should always be broad spectrum, contain antioxidants, free from artificial fragrance and non comedogenic.”

When and how should you apply sunscreen?

“It is advised to apply your sun screen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors; this allows adequate time for the product to of penetrated the surface of the skin. The cancer council of Australia’s guide to applying sun screen for the face is a half a teaspoon of product applied to the face and neck – including the ears and the back of the neck. For the body we need to be applying 30-35ml, or grams, of sunscreen for the average body, that’s about a golf ball size amount of product or at least six teaspoonfuls. Sun screen is recommended to be reapplied within a two hour period if remaining outdoors.”

Have your say: Do you include sun care products in your clients’ skincare regimes?


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