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Your ultimate guide to sun protection

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Your ultimate guide to sun protection

In the world of skincare, few things are as important and yet often overlooked as SPF, or Sun Protection Factor. Whether you're a skincare enthusiast or a casual sunscreen user, understanding the ins and outs of SPF is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. In this guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about SPF, including its application, its importance in your daily routine, and the best SPF for your skin type.

SPF: The last step in your skincare routine

First things first, let's talk about when and how to apply SPF. Contrary to popular belief, SPF isn't just for beach days or outdoor adventures—it's a daily necessity, rain or shine. This is due to UVA rays, which you can read more about here. SPF should be the last step in your skincare routine, applied in the morning before heading out for the day. This daily shield acts as a barrier between your skin and the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun, protecting you from sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. The reason it should be applied last is because applying other creams or products on top can result in your SPF becoming diluted or moved. When applying makeup on top of SPF, we suggest letting your SPF absorb for 10-20 minutes to ensure full protection. 

Reapplication: The Key to Effective Sun Protection

Applying SPF once in the morning isn't enough to keep your skin safe throughout the day, especially if you spend extended periods outdoors, or sweat or swim. Experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours when exposed to sunlight, ensuring continuous protection against UV radiation. While some SPF formulas claim to be long-lasting or water-resistant, it's still essential to keep reapplying for optimal effectiveness. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to sun protection.

The right amount matters: how much SPF do you need?

Have you ever wondered how much sunscreen is enough to protect your skin? The general rule of thumb is to use about half a teaspoon of SPF for your face and neck—a generous amount that ensures thorough coverage. To simplify this, we suggest using the three-finger rule. Squeeze 3 lines of SPF on your index, middle and ring finger – that should be enough for effective protection. When it comes to the body, aim for around half a deciliter of sunscreen, or simply follow the "handful of SPF" rule for comprehensive protection. In the case of sunscreen, the more the merrier. 

SPF: to moisturise or not to moisturise?

One common question asked is whether SPF can replace moisturiser or if they should be combined. The answer? It depends on your skin type and personal preferences. Some SPF formulas have moisturising properties, making them suitable for those with normal to dry skin who prefer a simpler skincare routine. However, if you have specific skincare concerns or prefer the texture of your favourite moisturiser, feel free to layer SPF on top for added protection. Ultimately, the goal is to find a routine that works best for your skin's unique needs. Our formula, The SPF / The Daily Shield, is non-comedogenic and contains skin-caring vitamin E and sea buckthorn extract to nourish and moisturise the skin, making it an excellent replacement for any moisturiser that can be used on its own as the final step in your routine. 

Makeup and SPF: a delicate balance

A lot of makeup contains added SPF. While these products can offer some level of defence against UV rays, they rarely contain enough SPF to offer any adequate protection. The amount of makeup needed to get the same SPF coverage is a lot more than what most people typically apply, making it an unreliable source of protection. Instead, think of SPF-infused makeup as an additional layer of defence to be applied on top of your sunscreen.

In conclusion, SPF is not just another skincare product—it's your skin's first line of defence against the sun's harmful rays. By incorporating SPF into your daily routine, reapplying regularly, and using the right amount for your skin, you can enjoy the outdoors while safeguarding your skin's health for years to come. So, the next time you start your skincare routine, don't forget to slather on that SPF—it's the ultimate secret to radiant, protected skin.


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