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If you don’t already incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine, then now is the time to start! There is a misconception that SPF is something you only need to slap on at the height of the summer when the sun finally (if ever) comes out. The reality is that we need to be wearing SPF on our face every single day.

 

What is SPF?

SPF protects the skin from the suns rays that cause pigmentation, sunburn, premature ageing and, in the worst case, skin cancer.

There are two types of SPF.  Physical and chemical, but what is the difference?  Physical sunscreen is natural and contains either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the UV filter.

Whereas chemical sunscreen contains ingredients over and above solely zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They also absorb the UV rays and produce heat by breaking them down in the skin.

How does SPF work?

Around 90-95 percent of UV rays are absorbed by the sunscreen which then converts it into heat, leaving only 5-10 per cent that is reflected away from the skin. 

So, all the pictures that are shown in fancy diagrams when trying to sell you sunscreen are highly inaccurate!

How to use SPF

So, if you haven’t realised by now…you should be using it every single day rain or shine! Top tip is to use a dedicated SPF, a lot of people have moisturiser and SPF combined products, but the benefits of wearing SPF are more successful when you use a separate SPF.

But this does not mean you should use SPF instead of moisturiser. To quite the well-known beauty blogger Caroline Hirnons “that’s like going out in raincoat and no knickers and bra”.

You should apply SPF as your very last product; make sure you cover neck and top of the chest as well as your full face. Two teaspoons worth should be enough. If you want to go that extra mile, you should carry it with you to apply a top up throughout the day.

The Benefits of SPF 

  1. Protects against UVA & UVB
    UVA and UVB penetrate deep into the skin, damaging the skin cells. UVA can cause premature ageing, and UVB causes sunburn and skin cancer. It might sound scary but that is the reality of it!
  2. Reduces signs of ageing
    UVA can speed up the processes of ageing on the skin. So, all the hard work you are putting in with the products you use and the treatments you have can all be made a lot more effective if you implement SPF into your skincare routine daily.
  3. Protecting your skin against hyperpigmentation.
    Hyperpigmentation can result from acne, melanin build-up, and sun damage, often appearing as purple, red, or darker marks on the skin. Sun exposure can worsen pigmentation, making SPF essential for anyone looking to fade or treat these marks. When your skin is damaged by the sun, it produces more melanin, leading to pigmentation. Skipping SPF is counterproductive, as it allows further damage and melanin production. By wearing SPF, you protect your skin from UV rays, preventing it from overproducing melanin and helping to maintain an even skin tone.

So, the next steps for you is to ensure that if your skin routine does not include SPF products, you should be adding it in. If you ever have any questions on what SPF is best for your skin you can contact us directly or book in for free consultation and we can analyse your skin and recommend the perfect products for you.