Sun and Skin: Best of Frenemies

Meet the superhero skincare product of every season, SPF sunscreen.

Nothing beats the sun’s natural, serotonin-boosting warmth gently kissing your skin and reminding you of the healing power of Mother Nature. An excellent stimulant of vitamin D production, sunlight encourages important nutrients in the skin that support the immune system and bone health. But wait, did you remember to put SPF sunscreen on?

While spending about 10-15 minutes under the sun’s glorious rays without skin protection may trigger vitamin production, any longer could contribute to skin damage, aging, and risk of cancer. No need to fear, SPF sunscreen alongside other skin protection practices mentioned below will allow you to safely soak up the sun. Keep reading to learn more about the sun and skin’s love-hate relationship as we shine a spotlight on all things SPF!

What is SPF?

According to the FDA, SPF is “a measure of how much solar energy is required to produce sunburn on protected skin relative to the amount of solar energy required to produce sunburn on unprotected skin” ("Sun Protection Factor (SPF)").


What does SPF stand for?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Usually accompanied by a number such as 15, 30, or 50+, SPF represents the amount of protection a sunscreen provides. As the SPF value increases, sunburn protection increases.

Why should I protect my skin?

We only have one skin, so why not protect it the way it protects us? SPF sunscreen provides many proactive benefits. With sun damage as one of the root causes of aging, sunscreen works to significantly limit damage when worn correctly. This includes the appearance of sunspots caused by hyperpigmentation. The development of skin cancer as a result of continuous sun damage is a real risk that can be mitigated with proper skin protection. Take it from us, this is your sign to protect your skin and preserve your healthy, youthful complexion for years to come! 

Is sunscreen alone enough to protect your skin?

SPF sunscreen is just one preventative measure that can be taken to shield the skin. To maximize skin protection from sunburn and resulting skin damage, SPF sunscreen partners well with other cautious measures. When the sun comes out to play, wear a hat and sunglasses to keep your face shaded from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Avoid direct sunlight, especially mid-day when things really heat up. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours so you can stay protected. Believe it or not, sunscreen is not reserved for summertime. Remember your SPF daily, rain or shine, and your skin will thank you. Trust us!

 

How do I pick the best SPF for my skin?

So you’re convinced by SPF’s magic, now what? To start, understanding your skin type will guide your SPF sunscreen search with various products available for a range of skin concerns. Read the label and keep an eye out for “broad-spectrum” which protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. We suggest products with SPF 50+ for maximum protection to maintain that natural glow of yours.

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Written By: Sarah Pasquini

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