When it comes to skin health, Consultant Dermatologist Dr Hiva Fassihi knows a thing or two. With over 15 years’ experience as a qualified doctor and seven years’ of dermatology training under her belt, she now spends her days looking after patients with sun-sensitive skin disorders.
A modern day superwomen, she is also the clinical lead for the UK National Xeroderma Pigmentosum Service where she looks after patients who are at risk of developing skin cancer. and now, her adept interest in the largest organ the body has led her to work with one of the biggest brand’s in the suncare business.
“La Roche-Posay is a brand which is committed to working alongside dermatologists in the design and development of their sunscreen range.”
As part of our Autumn campaign #skinhealth, we’ve made it our mission to investigate the impact that the environment has on the skin and educate you on how you can keep protected all year round. Our Beauty Editor, Amy Nicholson, met with the skin doctor to talk UV rays, stressful lifestyles and why we should be getting more sleep.
AN: Why is wearing sunscreen important?
HF: Sunscreens are designed to protect the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). In the short term, they protect from painful sunburn. In the long term, they help prevent skin cancer and slow down premature ageing. They are important for skin health and are the ‘best anti-ageing product you’ll use’. However, for optimal protection, sunscreens must be used in conjunction with sensible sun-exposure behaviour, specifically avoiding the mid-day sun and keeping covered with a hat and appropriate clothing.
“Sunscreens are the best anti-ageing products you’ll use.”
AN: Can you recommend a non-greasy sunscreen that won’t block pores or cause blemishes?
HF: I would probably suggest the Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+ which feels invisible when applied, designed for combination skin. The new Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF50+ is also very light with anti-shine technology. It is used as a top-up formulation which is easy to reapply throughout the day, even over makeup.