SPF is short for Sun Protection Factor and is found in many cosmetic products. Whether the sun is out or not, UV rays still hit our skin and can cause short/ long-term damage. In all honesty I didn’t realise how influential SPF is, especially its importance from a young age, in order to protect our skin and reduce the damage it receives. I did some deep research into SPF and UV damage and summarised it into this blog post for you all.
Having an SPF in a sunscreen and/or makeup item can be used to help prevent certain types of skin cancers. Everyday application can slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles and the ageing process. SPF rating is a measure of the fraction of damaging UV rays that reach the skin e.g. SPF 15 means that 1/15th of the damaging radiation will reach the skin. The effectiveness of SPF increases with SPF rating, however it levels off after SPF 15 – suggesting that SPF 15 is sufficient in providing enough protection.
UVB is the most commonly known UV type that is related to visible damage like sunburn etc. however UVA is considered just as dangerous as its damaging skin ageing effects are invisible. It is best to use broad-spectrum sun screens that protect against UVA and UVB. Titanium dioxide is the compound mainly used in sun screens so therefore is a good ingredient to look out for. However, a large amount of titanium dioxide in products can cause flashback with camera pictures so it is best to use a maximum of SPF 20 when taking pictures with flash.
So you must be wondering how I incorporated SPF into my skincare? Personally, after cleansing, I liberally apply the Garnier Ambre Solaire protection lotion and give it a few minutes to sink in. Once absorbed, I wipe off the excess with a clean towel and then go ahead with my moisturisers. In 2 months , I have definitely noticed a difference in the texture of my skin and also dark spots/scars have started lightening and almost disappearing.
I hope this was a good, educational post for you all and don’t be afraid to get in touch with any questions/worries!
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