It is so simple to love the sun. Who could refuse a Sunday brunch on a charming café terrace, a vacation spent tanning, or a cocktail by the pool? No matter how long or what time of day you are out and about, spending a little time in the sun is enjoyable, but your skin still requires sun protection. You’ve certainly heard that SPF is important for your skin care regimen, but what does SPF actually mean? And what advantages does an SPF moisturizer have for your skin? Find out by reading on!
WHAT DOES SPF MEAN?
Sun protection factor is abbreviated as SPF, and the higher the number that comes after it, such SPF 50, the longer you may be able to remain outside without getting burned by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. In the section after this, we’ll go into greater depth on this.
It’s important to keep in mind that UVA and UVB rays are the two types of UV rays that your skin needs to be protected from.
The European Union’s label designating a level of UVA protection uses the letters UVA in a circle to denote protection against ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. In the UK, the bottle may additionally have stars; five stars are the best for protection.
If a product can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, it’s called ‘broad-spectrum’ UV protection.
WHAT DOES THE SPF NUMBER MEAN?
Simply simply, the number following SPF tells you how much longer it might take you to get a sunburn after using SPF versus not applying any SPF at all.
If, for instance, you often burn after only 10 minutes in the sun without any protection, applying an SPF 30 moisturizer will allow you to spend almost 5 hours in the sun without getting burned because 10 x 30 equals 300 minutes.
However, keep in mind that this calculation is only an estimate because there are other variables, like the weather, the season, and the time of day, that might affect your risk of getting sunburned.
The key point to remember is that although if the sun protection factor number might range from 2 to 50+, the greater the number, the better your protection against sunburn will be. The suggested age range for everyday use is 15, and UVA protection should be included.
It’s also crucial to remember that you should always reapply according to the directions on the pack or bottle; but, if you’re still unsure or uneasy, applying more frequently is always safer.
ALL ABOUT UV RAYS
Up to 80% of the symptoms of premature skin aging are caused by the sun. Hence, regardless of how much you enjoy the sun, it’s crucial to shield your skin from its damaging rays. Continue reading to find out everything there is to know about UV radiation.
UVA AND UVB RAYS EXPLAINED
Although it’s not quite as black and white, there’s a trick that makes it a bit easier to understand the main difference between UVA and UVB rays in an easy way:
- UVA ending with A is for ageing
- UVB ending with B is for burning.
EXPOSURE TO UVA RAYS
We are exposed to UVA and UVB rays all year long despite the fact that they are both invisible and imperceptible to the human eye. Even if it’s raining outside or you’re just sitting by the window in your living room, UVA rays may get through clouds and even glass windows, so you still need to protect your skin. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the surface of your skin when they reach it, and over time they can lead to visible skin ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.
A daily moisturizer with broad-spectrum UV protection can protect against UVA radiation, keep your skin looking younger for longer, and provide it with the necessary hydration.
EXPOSURE TO UVB RAYS
Our exposure to UVB rays varies depending on the time of year and the weather. At higher altitudes, they also do more skin damage since the atmosphere is thinner and can’t block as many UVB rays. This means that applying SPF while hiking or skiing is just as crucial as doing so while relaxing on the beach.
Protection from both UVA and UVB radiation is essential not only to maintain the youthful appearance of your skin but also to safeguard your health since UV rays are one of the primary causes of skin cancer.
HOW DOES SPF PROTECT YOUR SKIN AGAINST UV RAYS?
The SPF number, likes SPF 30 or 50, on the label of a bottle isn’t just about how long you can spend out in the sun without getting burnt. The higher the SPF you use, the better because:
- SPF 15 fends off 93% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 fends off 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 50 fends off 98% of UVB rays, however as you can see there’s very little difference as we go up in numbers.
Always use broad-spectrum UV goods when selecting an SPF face cream because they provide protection from UVA and UVB radiation, as opposed to UVB-only ones. To provide you with the protection you require while caressing, moisturizing, and feeding your skin, every Olay line has an SPF version.
WHY AN SPF MOISTURISER?
As many of these lotions feel thick, sticky, and oily on the skin, applying frequent sun protection when you’re out and about may not be everyone’s favorite activity. Olay can help with that!
You won’t need to wear an uncomfortable and heavy cream on your face to get the protection your skin needs since Olay Regenerist Whip Light Moisturizer With SPF30 absorbs rapidly and feels incredibly lightweight. Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 30 is a genuine multitasker because it contains SPF 30 to provide you with a comfortable and moisturizing barrier from the sun and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well. It’s crucial to keep in mind, however, that it’s not waterproof, so even while it’s ideal for everyday usage, sunscreen should always be used in addition to it if your activities include significant perspiration or if you’re going to the beach.
A moisturizer with SPF fits seamlessly into your existing skin care routine. Your favorite Olay moisturizer with SPF should be applied in the same phase as a regular moisturizer in your routine, which is just after you’ve cleaned your face and applied any serums you’re using. Remember that some medications, such eye creams, should always be applied after your moisturizer.
Apply the SPF-containing moisturizer liberally. To ensure that all of those vulnerable parts are covered, don’t forget to cover the hairline, neck, and décolletage.
THE BOTTOM LINE ON SPF
Sun protection helps shield your skin from the UVA and UVB rays, which are invisible but nonetheless dangerous, and which are to blame for up to 80% of premature skin aging symptoms, including burning. Remember to use SPF every day, no matter the weather, as UVA rays can even pass through clouds.
A moisturizer with SPF can accomplish two things at once, streamlining your morning skin care routine. By doing this, you’ll be able to leave your house certain that you’re caring for both the appearance and health of your skin.