Skimono Beauty - 11th March 2021
SPF: the most important thing you can do for your skin
Why using sun protection is the best age-defying technique you can use to on your skin.
Spring is just around the corner, and although it is imperative that you wear sunscreen all year-round it becomes even more essential to use high sun protection when those UVA rays start beaming through the windows or cracking through the clouds more regularly.
The sun emits UV rays as part of it’s natural energy, if we are getting scientific, in terms of the electromagnetic spectrum, UV light has shorter wavelengths than visible light, so your eyes can’t see UV, but your skin can feel it. There are two types of UV radiations, UVA and UVB, the former is associated with skin ageing and the latter which has a shorter wavelength, concerns skin burning. Both types of rays are harmful to skin and so, we should protect the skin by limiting our sun exposure and also using a ‘full spectrum’ suncream which blocks both UVA and UVB.
What does SPF mean?
SPF literally means Sun Protection Factor and the number on the bottle refers to the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected without getting burnt, compared to unprotected skin. Most SPF’s recommend that you reapply every 2 hours and make sure you first apply at least 15 minutes before going in the sun.
You should start protecting your skin with SPF from a young age but Mature skin is particularly sensitive to damage and resulting signs of ageing. Protecting from head to toe is a must too, it’s easy to forget about our hands & feet but these body parts are often the most exposed to sun light, so keeping a handy SPF in your bag is essential to make sure you’re covered on-the-go. It’s recommended Factor 30, as a minimum, on your face every day to combat signs of premature ageing.
Even on a cloudy day, up to 20% of the sun's harmful rays can penetrate your skin.
90% of visible signs of ageing are due to sun damage
Avoid the sun between 10am-2pm and reapply suncream every 2 hours to ensure maximum protection