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Hot Topic: Everything You Need To Know About Incorporating SPF Into Your Daily Skincare Routine

If you don’t know about SPF and its incredible capabilities, you need to get to know... and quickly. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this handy guide full of compelling reasons why you need to make SPF a staple part of your skincare routine, as well as the top products, tips, and tricks to help you incorporate the relevant ingredients seamlessly.

By Admin K Published 2 years ago 4 min read

We know you’re a busy bee, but trust us, this is worth it. By the end of this article, you’ll have a deeper understanding of why all your favourite Instagram influencers swear by SPF. We do, too!

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is an extremely important indicator of how protected you’ll be from the harmful effects of UV rays. For example, sun cream with SPF 50 is likely to shield your skin much better than SPF 20. Simply put, the higher the number, the better it is in terms of keeping you safe from sunburn.

This is by no means a recent innovation in skincare, but it has gained further interest in recent years because social media has given a platform to those with horror stories associated with sun damage. Now, big skincare brands are incorporating special sun-filtering ingredients into their products to ensure their consumers are protected.

Why we need protection

It’s no secret that the sun, as beautiful and fun and mood-lifting as it can be for many people, can damage our skin and our health. That’s why it’s crucial we don’t frolic around in it without first ensuring we’re protected – mainly through SPF. Here are the ways in which UV rays can cause us serious issues:

Cancer – Let's start with perhaps the most well-known health risk associated with sun damage. Too much unprotected exposure to UV radiation can damage the DNA in our skin cells, which in turn causes skin cancer. In the UK, mass exposure to UV radiation causes around 90 per cent of all skin cancers.

Sunburn – Of course, sunburn can lead to skin cancer in extreme cases, but it’s also a concern on its own. Without protection, we leave our skin prone to inflamed, painful skin that can begin to flake and peel away. Not cute and not safe!

Age spots – Small, flat dark areas on the skin can begin to show after prolonged exposure to the sun. Age spots (also appropriately known as sun spots) don’t typically require medical attention, however, because they usually show up in noticeable places such as the face, hands, and arms, they can bother people on a cosmetic level.

Wrinkles – Another change to our skin that the sun is responsible for. Remaining unprotected under UV light causes premature ageing, which is another cosmetic issue many people struggle with. In addition to wrinkles, sunlight can cause fine lines, brown spots, pigment irregularity, and broken capillaries.

Will SPF stop me from tanning?

Firstly, let us make a very important point: there is no “safe” way for the sun to give you a tan. Even if you’re fortunate enough to get deliciously bronzed skin after a day of sitting in the sun, you’re still exposed to all the same scary risks. While SPF can prevent tanning to some degree, you should still always protect yourself.

If you’re craving that sun-kissed vibe, there are other – safer – ways to achieve it. Explore options such as self-tan water, mousse, or serum, and achieve a beautiful glow that doesn’t rely on UV radiation’s harmful effects. Winner, winner, tanned and safe skin for dinner! Just remember to apply your SPF on top of your self-tan solution.

How to incorporate SPF into your skincare routine

Now you know the type of damage that sun exposure can cause, you’re probably desperate to know what you can do to ensure that you protect yourself at all costs. We don’t blame you. The good news is that incorporating SPF into your skincare routine is easier than ever before.

Because the importance of protection is such widespread information now, you can find ingredients associated with SPF coverage, such as homosalate, in many moisturisers. Notable brands paving the way with SPF products include The Body Shop, Revolution, and CeraVe. Pop one of these on your bathroom shelf and feel assured that you’ll have some level of protection through your simple daily routine.

To strengthen your shield, consider switching to a foundation that has SPF coverage, such as the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Revlon Colour Stay, or the NARS Tinted Moisturiser. Simple changes like this can do the world of good for both your health and appearance!

Finally, a point that should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway... wear sun cream! Whatever the weather and whatever your plans, you should be applying sun cream (with a high SPF) to your face and body every morning before you begin your day. While SPF makeup and moisturisers are helpful, wearing sun cream is the most powerful and easiest way to ensure you have decent levels of protection.

Make the necessary changes today

We cannot stress just how important it is to take good care of your skin. As discussed, the power of SPF means we should be incorporating it into our daily routines wherever possible, and this guide has hopefully made it a little easier for you.

This is a trend you do not want to miss out on. Make the most of SPF, and don’t forget to share the amazing benefits with your social media followers! The more people know about it, the less sun damage horror stories.

Sources:

https://olay.co.uk/skin-care-tips/spf/what-is-spf-what-does-it-mean#what-does-the-spf-number-mean https://www.skcin.org/skinCancerInformation/theProblemAndFacts.htm https://www.healthline.com/health/skin/does-sunscreen-prevent-tanning https://www.byrdie.com/best-foundations-with-spf-4687657 https://inside-our-products.loreal.com/ingredients/homosalate

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