S u n |s c r e e n
..::It is so much more than keeping your skin hydrated::..
The only people that seem to take it as seriously as they should are the ones that burn in the Sun, well burn visibly anyway. The perils of unprotected Sun exposure are not fully appreciated by everyone and only seem to be considered in prep for holiday where there is intense sun - a mindset we want to change!
Following our beauty posts on keeping skin hydrated we have researched and put together a post on how to easily incorporate sufficient sun protection into your everyday make up routines. Like many, we were not as educated on how to protect our skin effectively on a day-to-day basis and after reading up on what things like 'SPF' actually mean we wanted to share our rays of wisdom...
This post includes a:
Ø Breakdown of what UV Rays are and how they damage your Skin
Ø What Suncreen actually does
Ø SPF explained
Ø Tips of how to make Sunscreen work better
Ø Key products for the Sun
What are UV Rays & why are they Harmful
The sunlight that reaches our skin consists of two types of harmful rays:
1. Long wave ultraviolet A (UVA)
2. Short wave ultraviolet B (UVB)
UVA rays- penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer and destroys collagen and elastin fibers and damage DNA. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
UVB rays- will usually burn the superficial layers of our skin.
The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PM being the peak hours. Sunburned skin doesn’t just feel awful, it can cause permanent damage over time.
The SPF Scoop
Sun Protection Factor- SPF
Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays.
So technically spekaing....The effectiveness of SPF protection is calculated by comparing the impact of the sun on protected and unprotected skin.
∴ SPF Rating = The amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin
What does Sunscreen actually do?
Protects skin from UVA exposure whereby; Sunscreen molecules, called UV filters, absorb or scatter UV light.
This keeps skin from: premature skin aging, wrinkling (photoaging), sagging, and getting red, sore and irritated.
...:: Preventing::...Sunscreen is by far the best way to prevent aging of the skin
SPF 15 - 93% Protection
SPF 30- 97% Protection
SPF 50- 99% Protection
A broad spectrum SPF 15 is the minimum recommended but we always start with a SPF 30 and go up to SPF 50 to not only protect our skiin against sunburn, but also reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun.
How do you make it work better:
•Check what SPF all your foundations have..if any...
•Choose a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
•Look for one with antioxidants; as they boost the effectiveness of sunscreen
•Be generous: A teaspoon is the right amount for your face. If you're outside, reapply every two hours.
•Layer::... To top up protection after application of make up use a Beauty blender sprayed with aerosol sunscreen
•Beach Prep::... Just like prepping for a beach holiday with a vigorous gym routine weeks before you jet off...Apply sunscreen on your body every night for a few weeks beforehand. Layering sunscreen over time makes for a stronger and more protective shield against the rays; it prevents them penetrating and reaching the delicate layers of the skin so for those who burn; you can stay in the sun longer!
We hope this has been a useful read!
Sharon & Mandeep Xx