Importance of SPF

Itโ€™s been scientifically proven time and time again that wearing SPF is the single most important thing you can do for your skin โ˜€๏ธโฃ

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LINKS TO AGEING

The sunโ€™s rays are responsible for 80-90% of signs of ageing i.e. fine lines, wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.

LINKS TO SKIN CONCERNS

Got large pores? Dull skin? Pigmentation? Post spot redness? Acne scars? All of these will worsen when exposed to the sun’s rays. Prevention is better than treatment!

UVA vs UVB

UVB causes sunburning/ redness, UVA penetrates the skin deeper. Try to remember UVA = Ageing; UVB = Burning

WEAR IT INDOORS TOO

The sunโ€™s rays can still penetrate through clouds and windows, meaning if youโ€™re out and about, driving or if you spend a lot of time near the windows in your home, the UVA rays can still penetrate through and damage your skin. Including days where the sunโ€™s not out and itโ€™s raining.ย 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Your SPF should be a broad spectrum that offers protection against UVA & UVB light. When buying a sunscreen, UVB protection is denoted by the SPF; UVA protection is denoted by a UVA star rating or the letters UVA inside a circle – thatโ€™s how you know the standard is high enough has been approved by the EUโฃ.

SPF should be minimum 30-50, but 15-30 is fine if you have olive/ dark skinโฃ.

WEAR A HAT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

85% of the sunโ€™s rays reflect off ice, sand, water and the pavement meaning that simply wearing a hat to protect yourself isnโ€™t enoughโฃ.

WHAT ABOUT SPF IN MAKEUP/ SKINCARE?

Although some moisturisers/ makeup contain SPF, we most likely donโ€™t use anywhere near enough of the product to achieve the same SPF coverage as using a sunscreen. This means it won’t be as effectiveโฃ and your skin won’t have as much protection. You are best using SPF as a stand-alone product so you can judge how much of it you are applying.

SKIN-TYPE SPECIFICS

Oily skin types should go for mattifying gels/ fluids and dry skin types should go for rich and hydrating creams/ balms.

SPF usually has a moisturising base, so if you have oily skin you donโ€™t necessarily need another layer of moisturiserโฃ (but judge this for yourself).

USING A SPRAY ON SPF

If you use a spray-on sunscreen, make sure you apply it liberally and rub it in; they donโ€™t usually provide enough coverageโฃ. Spray on SPFโ€™s are good if you tend to wear makeup as you have to re-apply SPF every two hours to get the full benefits.

WHEN WEARING MAKEUP

SPF should be the last product applied before primer/ makeupโฃ. Leave it to absorb for at least 5 mins before putting your makeup on.

CLEANSING

Make sure to double cleanse your skin in the evening to ensure your sunscreen is removed properly and doesnโ€™t clog your pores or cause spotsโฃ.

RELATIONS TO SKIN CANCER

I donโ€™t even have to say anything about this as itโ€™s something we are all aware of. This one is close to my heart as my Grandad passed away with skin cancer (perhaps one of the reasons I am so pro-SPF).

Itโ€™s better to spend ยฃ10-20 on a good SPF than ยฃ1,000โ€™s down the line trying to fix problems that could have easily been prevented โค๏ธ

Top Facial SPF Picks

Recommended for Dry/ Normal skin types:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios

La Roche-Posayย Anthelios Shake Fluid Cream SPF 50 ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย 
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Air Soft Face
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration, Air Soft Face SPF 50
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EA
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Sun Defence SPF 50
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Nuxe
Nuxe Sun Emulsion SPF 30
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Recommended for Combination/ Oily Skin Types:

LRP spray
La Roche-Posay Invisible Sun Spray SPF 50
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RenREN Clean Screen Mineral Mattifying SPF 30
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Soap and Glory
Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50
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Neutrogena
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist SPF 55
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LRP

La Roche-Posay Anti-Imperfections with Salicylic Acid SPF 50 (spot prone)
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Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Sun Cream SPF 30
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