UV Protection.

Being SkinSmart can minimize ageing and reduce your risk of skin cancer.
TBC. Skin Atelier offers the latest in UV protection and sunscreens.

UV Protection

We know that excessive sun (UV) exposure can cause significant skin damage and even skin cancer. Did you also know that 80% of the skin’s ageing over your lifetime can be attributed to the sun too? However, being SkinSmart can reduce the likelihood of developing future problems and minimise the ageing process

What is does being ‘Skin Smart’ mean? Well, the single biggest method for minimising ageing and this risk of skin cancer is by using sunscreens or SPFs. Excitingly there are now other treatments available too which can help protect the skin further and keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. That is why we focus on all forms of UV protection at TBC. Skin Atelier.

Sunscreen & UV protection technology is advancing at a rapid pace and we are here to help explain the nuances and offer a wide range of different SPFs to suit every skin and every budget.

The Solar Constant

Solar constant – UV, IR and visible light

Types of Sun Cream

Remember there are essentially two main types of sun creams – chemical and mineral. The main difference is that chemical sun care products contain UV filtering ingredients that take time to be absorbed by the skin – hence people using the 20 minute rule before sun exposure. By contrast, mineral sunscreens contain inert UV protective ingredients such as zinc or titanium oxide and form a protective barrier on top of the skin – these have an immediate effect.

What is more, some people who suffer allergies or sensitivities to chemical UV filters find that mineral SPFs do not irritate their skin. Zinc is also anti-inflammatory and does not block the pores in the skin. The downside of mineral SPFs is that they used to be very thick and white but newer preparations are more ‘cosmetically elegant’ (micronized forms) and become transparent when applied – they are even available in spray format too!

Chemical Suncreens

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 Good protection from both UVA and UVB rays (not all sunscreens offer this, so do check). The most popular UVA and UVB filters include benzophenone, avobezone, parsol and cinnamates.

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The chemical filters parsol and cinnamates may not be good for sensitive skins, but the main irritant – the UVB-filtering ingredient PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) – has been phased out of most sunscreens.


Mineral Suncreens

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Zinc or titanium. Excellent physical protection (they are not absorbed). Less sensitising than chemical. Some argue that in creating a barrier between skin and sun, they are more effective than chemical filters at blocking UVA and UVB. Zinc oxide also has anti-inflammatory healing properties.

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Thicker and more occlusive than chemical sunscreens. This has long been their biggest drawback, but the newest mineral sunscreens are much more refined (as mentioned above) and cosmetically elegant.


Purchase your Sun Protection

To purchase sun protection factors (SPFs) in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London please phone now. We stock a wide range of SPFs for patients living in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Brighton, Guildford, Cobham, Caterham, Chichester, Worthing and London.

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"I have been using Rationale Products for a year now, using Rationale has significantly calmed my skin down and reduced redness. The morning routine only takes a few minutes and your skin is not left feeling overloaded, or at all greasy, which means my makeup goes on really well after."

“I have been using Rationale B3-T SPF50+, This sun cream is cooling, calming and soothing. It also reduces dryness, redness and helps improve my sensitive skin! Your face feels like it has a barrier on from the sun, wind, pollution etc. Without feeling or looking like you have anything on it!”

“I have just finished my course of 6 of Enzyme Reactivator peels, I was a bit nervous at first as my skin is very sensitive but the results have been fantastic! I have noticed a massive difference, my skin has a much more even complexion with reduced redness. I have received many compliments on how well I look!”

“I have only been using Rationale Products for a short while now, but so many people have said to me, that my skin is glowing. This in turn makes me feel better about myself, so I smile more! My skin feels softer and looks clearer.”

“I am thrilled to bits with the Rationale Essential Six Skincare Range, My skin is truly radiant and very soft, I love the way Catalyst makes my skin tingle by gently exfoliating!”

“I cannot thank the team at TBC Skin Atelier enough for everything they have done! I came to them with an uneven complexion, repetitive spots and open pores. They have changed my skin for the better and advised me how to look after my skin in ways I never knew. I Thank you all for inspiring me to change my lifestyle, I am now a lot happier in my own skin and I will always be appreciative.”

“My skin assessment and skin imaging at TBC Skin Atelier was amazing and a real eye opener, I would recommend anyone to do this as I just did not realise how bad I had been in the sun when I was younger! I am glad to say though that the products recommended have had an amazing impact on my skin and it feels and looks much brighter and fresher, Even my husband said my skin looks good!”

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