Why is SPF a must in your Skincare Routine


One cannot undermine the importance of sunscreen in their daily skincare routine, so make sure you add it to your cart next time you are out shopping!

Sunscreen, with an appropriate SPF, prevents sunburn and premature aging and significantly reduces the possibility of developing skin cancer. SPF becomes an invaluable component to your skincare routine.

In this article, we are answering some of the most common questions on the use of sunscreen with the right SPF as part of your routine.

What does SPF stand for?

The acronym SPF stands for sun protection factor. SPF is usually printed on the label of the product and is followed by a number. The number is super important, so keep an eye out!

SPF determines how much protection you are getting against UVB rays. Ultraviolet B rays are the main cause for sunburn.

What do the SPF numbers stand for?

SPFs range on a scale from 2 to 50+. In the market, you might find SPF 15, SPF 20, SPF 25, SPF 30, as well as SPF 50, among others. You will also find lip balm with SPF.

The numbers are based on the level of protection they offer. As such, a product with a SPF followed by a greater number is more likely to protect than a product with a lower SPF.

Which SPF is most suitable?

SPF number is determined according to your needs. If you are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time, then using SPF 30 or SPF 50 is your best bet. You can use SPF 15 or SPF 30 for all other areas that are exposed to sunlight, as well, given that the period is not as prolonged. Make sure you reapply sunscreen with the right SPF when needed and every two-hours.

Who needs sunscreen?

Literally everyone. No matter your skin tone, type, color, sensitivity, sunscreen with an appropriate SPF needs to be part of your skincare routine!

What sunscreen should I use?

The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends using sunscreen that is water resistant, that has a SPF 30 or higher, and that protects again UVA and UVB rays – otherwise referred to as broad-spectrum protection.

How many times do I need to apply sunscreen?

Your sunscreen should be at least with a SPF of 15. You would need to apply sunscreen every two hours throughout the day and, sometimes, even more if you are swimming or perspiring. If you are working indoors, sunscreen is also a must. According to experts, sitting indoors still impacts your skin because you would still be exposed to UV rays and blue light from your smart devices.

How much sunscreen do I need?

We typically advise that you follow the manufacturer’s guide on how much sunscreen with the right SPF you need to apply. Nonetheless, you would need at least one ounce, around 30 milliliters, of sunscreen to protect your face, neck, arms, and legs.

Do not forget your lips! Use lip balm such as the Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Lip Care SPF 20 that contains SPF in order to protect your lips.

Finally, opt for products that contain SPF when you are shopping next time. Applying products with SPF is your easiest way to ensure that your skin is protected against damaging ultraviolet rays. Products with SPF prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and sunburn. Investing in SPF-based products now guarantees youthful and healthy skin down the line!

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