Sunscreen Facts for Summer
Are you using a high enough SPF?
As we come into the blissful, warm and sunny time of the year, it’s imperative that we use SPF on a regular basis to protect us from the harmful UV rays emitted from the sun. Of course, we all want a beautiful tan and bronzed, sunkissed skin, but, which sunscreen is best suited to protect us?
A few facts about sunscreen to get started:
- SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and indicates how much sun exposure you are actually receiving when you are outside. SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays while SPF 30 protects against 97 percent and SPF 50 protects against 98 percent (Shah, 2018)
What does this mean? Think of it this way, you are getting double the sun exposure when you’re opting for SPF 15 than you are when you’re donning SPF 30. “A product with an SPF 30 means that you get the same amount of sun exposure after 30 minutes outside as you would get if you were unprotected outdoors for one minute” (Zeichner, 2018).
A study conducted monitored 199 adult participants and the results of utilizing SPF 50 and SPF 100. Each individual placed SPF 50 on one side of their face and SPF 100 on the other side. After spending an entire day in natural sunlight, the researchers observed the sun damage on each side of the participant’s faces. The findings revealed that the SPF 100 did in fact make a difference in the amount of sun exposure and protection. Regardless of skin type, age or gender, the SPF 100 made a surprising difference. Rigel (2018) posited that 55 percent of the participants were more sunburned on the side with SPF 50 than they were on the side that had SPF 100 applied. “People were about 10 times more likely to burn on the SPF 50 side than the SPF 100 side”. (Rigel, 2018).
So what does this mean for your new (and improved) sunscreen routine?
Make sure you’re using sunscreen first and foremost, and if you already are, make sure to use the proper number and amount.
“I commonly recommend broad-spectrum sunscreen with higher SPFs if people are going to be outdoors, especially if for prolonged periods of time, so I will continue to do so. Keep in mind, the effectiveness of your SPF, no matter how high, depends on how well you apply it. People typically only apply 25 to 50 percent of the rated amount. So if you’re using SPF 30 sunscreen, you might only be getting SPF 7 in reality. For your face, you should be using a quarter-sized dollop, anda shot glass-sized for your body” (Zeichner, 2018).
Make sure you’re reapplying every two hours and pay attention to areas not commonly exposed to sunlight, like the scalp, eyelids, and hairline.
Although the sun is beautiful, we have to protect our skin from the harmful rays it emits. Stock up on sunscreen to protect that precious skin.
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