One skincare rule that has stood the test of time is the importance of SPF. Using SPF (sun protection factor) can make or break your skincare routine, depending on whether you’re using it correctly. With the various SPF’s available today, you’ll be able to find one perfectly suited to your unique skin needs.
There are two types of harmful UV rays which sunscreen offers protection against, namely UVA and UVB light. UVA rays are present throughout the day, leading to skin damage and premature aging. UVB light is strongest at noon and is important to our skin as it aids in the production of vitamin D, however it also leads to sunburn and direct DNA damage. Too much exposure to UVA and UVB not only causes skin damage, but also cell damage and DNA damage. UV light also has the potential to cause eye damage, skin cancer, a weakened immune system and even photoallergic and phototoxic reactions. Knowing the intensity of UV light you are facing each day allows you to apply the adequate amount of UV protection. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and then reapply every 2 hours (or after swimming or sweating) if you’re spending time outdoors.
There are various factors which affect the amount of UV light that your skin comes into contact with, such as the time of day, season and your geographical location. It is important to note that sunscreen needs to be used even on overcast days, and even during winter, as 90% of UV can penetrate light clouds. Even inside, you can get sun damage through a window and should still wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Sunscreen helps in the prevention of wrinkles, sun spots and sagging caused by too much sun exposure. It also keeps skin hydrated, considering that sun exposure can dehydrate your skin.
By using sunscreen regularly, your skin tone evens out, improving your skin’s appearance. Sunscreen should be applied daily and it’s important that enough is used (the less is more rule does not apply where sunscreen is concerned). While some make-ups may contain an SPF, this alone is not enough – you should also use sunscreen over your foundation for more protection. Always make sure to use your SPF as the last step in your skincare routine, so that it remains effective.
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