The Importance of SPF

You would think that living in Scotland there wouldn’t be a need for an SPF 90% of the time. You would be thinking wrong. Unfortunately we don’t have the sun splitting the sky everyday of the year but sun damage is still a possibility and it is a vital step to be incorporated into your skincare routine. Your skin will thank you.

UVB : This is responsible for sunburn

UVA : Is responsible for more long-term effects such as premature ageing and the skin losing elasticity

SPF : Sun protection factor, this is the number you will find on suncreen bottles, daily moisturisers and some base makeup products. SPF starts as low as 2 and goes to 50+

An imporant point to remember is that although you may not have got burnt in the sun, the skin damage will still be there and over time this will build up. Even in the Winter months you can still get damange to your skin. Making an SPF all the more important all year round.

So many moiturisers on the market incorporate an SPF which can be useful if you, like me, wear makeup on a day to day basis. I can pop on my face cream while getting the sun protection which will ultimately protect my skin and aid in preventing my skin aging prematurely and skin cancer.

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The importance of SPF – The Facts

  • The higher the SPF value the more sun protection you will have. An SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes in the sun.
  • Windows do not block out UV rays.
  • Not only will the sun have a damaging effect on the age of your skin and potentially your health, it can also lead to brown spots.

I am not saying when the sun is out that you should stay in orders, what I am saying is that you need to protect yourself. And you need to protect yourself from harmful UV rays all year round.


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