Sun Protection Factor – Protect Against Cancer and Ageing with SPF’s
What is SPF? Is SPF Important?
Now we are in August, autumn is sadly fast approaching, and before you know it, Christmas will be here!
But one thing that shouldn’t be leaving any time soon, or leaving any time of the year for that matter, is a good SPF facial sun cream. Yes, even when it’s cloudy.
I’ve put this blog post together to tell you exactly what you need to look for in your SPF face suncream, the most important product to your skincare regime.
Broad Spectrum Sun Cream
The most important is one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays (broad spectrum). That’s because most suncreams protect against UVB sun rays, which cause cancer and burning of the skin, but not all protect against UVA which not only causes cancer, but also ageing and actually makes up 95% of sunlight. Also, since 80% of visual ageing is caused by UV radiation that leads to photoageing, this isn’t something to take lightly.
Sun Protection Factor
The other one is the factor. SPF is an abbreviation for Sun Protection Factor. The spf factor refers to the amount of protection from UVB rays. Ideally you want the most protection, and in the winter 20 plus is best!! Even if you get 50, it’s certainly not going to do you any damage. Some suncreams will have star ratings on them for UVA protection. Be careful though because some will be low spf but have a high star rating, not because it’s offering high protection against UVA, but because the ratio between UVA and UVB protection is similar. Make sure you get a high spf with a high star rating too (5 being the best).
Mineral or Chemical Facial Suncream?
Now it’s up to you whether you get mineral or chemical facial suncream. Mineral is better for sensitive skin as it reflects the rays from the skins surface and thus stops them penetrating into the dermis. Chemical suncreams absorb and through a chemical reaction dissipates the rays, which can be irritating for sensitive skin types.
Some people also say that mineral suncream can be applied just once, in the morning, and as long as you don’t get your face wet, or sweat too much, then you are fine all day. I’m not keen on this approach because even if you don’t get sweaty, or wet, you’ll still be touching your face, rubbing your nose etc. so both chemical and mineral suncreams should be applied at least every two hours and more frequently if you’re abroad.
Evolve Beauty’s Climate Veils Tinged SPF Sun Cream
Here at The Potting Shed we use Evolve Beauty’s climate veils tinged SPF. It includes ingredients such as polyphenol-rich ligonberry stem cells and hyaluronic acid, with mineral based zinc oxide to deliver lightweight broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It is also beautifully tinted with mineral light reflecting natural pigments, giving you a luminous dewy finish, and of course is vegan, eco friendly and natural.
I hope you have found this blog post helpful for what to look for in your spf this year. Just keep it simple, a high spf and star rating, broad spectrum sun cream and your skin will thank you.