The number one cause of premature aging is sun exposure. A skin care product can’t truly address all signs of aging if it doesn’t contain SPF.
When summertime comes around the first thing people think of is sunscreen, but many don’t realize you need SPF coverage year round. Ultraviolet rays can harm your skin even when the sun doesn’t feel hot on your skin. SPF is proven to dramatically reduce visible signs of aging like wrinkles and is a preventative measure against skin cancer.
Know Your SPF
When you buy a product containing SPF it should be followed by a number. These numbers can be taken and divided by two. The number you get is how many minutes pass before you should re-apply.
Where Should I Apply
Everywhere the sun hits bare skin, must be protected by SPF. Most people only focus on the face. But don’t forget the shoulders, neck, ears, hands and feet. Be generous when rubbing it into areas that are more exposed like the face, shoulders, chest, and the tops of your feet.
Unlike The Gym, You Cant Skip A Day
Yes, you have to wear SPF in the winter. Just because the sun isn’t out doesn’t mean you can’t get burned! UV rays are so powerful they penetrate through the clouds, even in the rain and snow. In fact, you should be especially protected then because the rain and snow reflect UV rays like a mirror onto your skin. Let the SPF absorb into your skin for at least a couple minutes, even when you’re wearing makeup.
SPF Is For Everyone
Sunscreen has a reputation of having a greasy texture, which may deter people with oil skin from using it. However there are moisturizers available containing SPF. Which not only moisturize skin, but also protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Save yourself from worsening hyper pigmentation, premature aging, and protect what you already have. Enjoy your time outside guilt free.
UVA vs. UVB
Find a SPF that protects from UVA AND UVB rays. UVA rays cause age spots and wrinkles, prematurely aging your skin. UVA rays penetrate through windows, so even indoors you’re not safe.
UVB rays are the burning rays, they are the main causes of sunburn. However, the good thing about these rays is that they can be blocked by windows.
Broad spectrum is the only SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The recommended number of SPF is 30, but we recommend use of at least 50. SPF 50 protects you from around 97 percent of the rays. If you only apply one skincare product before you leave the house, make sure it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen.