Your Summer Guide To SPF

11 May 2022 | By: Forat Saleh

Summer is just around the corner; whether you’re planning a Maldives escape or a desert safari, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. We’ve answered all your most asked questions about sun exposure and SPF to make sure you have a safe summer.

1. What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

The sun gives off rays of light that we can’t see, these are called ultraviolet (UV) rays. Within the UV spectrum, there are two types of UV rays that can harm your skin, UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin, causing age spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, whereas UVB rays cause sunburn and even skin cancer.

2. How can I protect myself against sun damage?

Wearing SPF daily blocks sun rays and also prevents them from damaging the collagen and connective tissues of your skin which cause loss of firm and elasticity. Sunscreens also work to reduce the appearance of sunspots. Not to mention the fact that SPF reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.

3. What does SPF rating mean and is a higher rating better?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Most dermatologists recommend a sunscreen lotion that has a SPF of between 15 and 50. Anything that’s higher than 50 has not been proven to be more effective than SPF 50. A sunscreen that has SPF 15 can block 93% of UV rays, while one that has SPF 30 can block 97% of the UVB rays.

4. Should I wear SPF every day?

Yes! Applying sunscreen daily may seem unnecessary, especially if you’re out for 10 minutes-drive to get a cup of coffee or you’re staying in watching your favorite show. However, UV rays can go through your windows, which means you receive the same amount of UV rays as if you were outside. Even on winter days or cloudy ones, according to studies, up to 80% of sun’s UV radiation reaches earth. Applying your sunscreen when you’re indoors is just as crucial as applying it when you’re outside.

5. Which SPF should I use?

SPF comes in different products & formulas, such as moisturizers, lotions, body sprays and even makeup so you’re sure to find something that suits your skin type and lifestyle. If you’re wearing makeup, use a facial SPF moisturizer as a final step in your skincare regime before applying your foundation as usual. 

6. How often do I need to reapply sunscreen?

Remember to always reapply your sunscreen, every two hours for consistent protection. If you’re wearing makeup, don’t worry. You can use a translucent power that includes SPF to top up your protection throughout the day.

Just a Few Steps Away From Healthy, Beautiful Skin

These six steps represent all the basic day-to-day care your skin needs to be at its best. Taking time to choose products ideally suited to your skin type will also result in a glowier, more youthful complexion. 

With FACES, you can find all the featured products above and more, including extra treats like masks and exfoliants to give your skin a helping hand.

Why not start the search for your ultimate routine now?  

Nadeen Moubarak


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