Beauty 5 years ago What is SPF?
Let’s talk about SPF.
We all know we should be wearing it daily, but what is it exactly? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which is a measure for how well it will protect you from the sun’s damaging UVB rays. For example, SPF 50 means that that sunscreen will provide your skin with 50 times more protection from harmful rays than if you were wearing no sunscreen at all.
Even so, no product with SPF can block out all UVB rays and over the years there’s been many a debate on the exact effectiveness of the different levels of SPF. So many variables come in to play, such as brand and ingredients, your skin type, the amount of time you’re in the sun and the strength of the sun. However, there’s no arguing that SPF does give your skin some level of protection – and every little bit helps!
Besides the risk of skin cancer (did you know Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer for young women?) and dealing with painful burns, years of sun damage can accelerate aging, increasing the amount of wrinkles, sagging skin and moles. Let’s be honest – no one wants that! It’s never too late to get serious about your sun protection, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to start incorporating SPF into your daily skincare routine. Below I’ve rounded up my favorite products with SPF in them.
Additionally, besides applying SPF everyday, here are some more ways to help prevent sun damage:
Hydration + Antioxidants
Keep yourself hydrated and make sure your diet is filled with antioxidants that will fight damaging rays and free radicals from the inside out. I've love Goop Glow which is a super easy way to incorporate those powerful antioxidants.
If you know you are going to be out in the sun for awhile, bring a cover-up. I mean a real coverup with sleeves that cover your skin. Bonus, if it actually has SPF in it too.
Avoid Peak Hours
Avoid going out in the sun during peak hours of the day when the sun is the strongest. Typically, this mid day. I like to make it a point to get out of the sun during those hours. It's always a good time to go inside, grab some lunch - and potentially a cocktail!
Make sure you apply sunblock before you even go into the sun. It's recommended to put on sunblock about 15 minutes before you go into the sun to make sure your skin is fully protected.
Measure It Out
Make sure you are applying enough sunblock. You should be applying about a shot glass worth of sunblock for every application.
Reapply, reapply, reapply!
Sometimes when I know I'm going to be in the sun all day, I'll set a reminder every two hours that will let me know when I need to reapply.