Who knew we SPFs were full of sshhhhh - here it is 'sun care for dummies', what experts haven't told you.
SPF protection has been dubbed the #1 premature ageing defence.
Yet how many of us know what the SPF acronym stands for? If you're anything like me, the words excitedly burst out of your mouth, eager to share this important knowledge! A big high five for those that blurted it out at their screen, and for those that don't know what SPF stands for ....'Sun Protection Factor'.
What does this mean...?
There is a lot of misunderstanding about the true difference between SPF10, SPF15, SPF30, SPF50 etcetera etcetera... is. The SPF rating on sun care represents the amount of time that you are protected against harmful UVA and UVB rays and once you past SPF30 the number increase is also reflective of the increase in chemicals needed to attain a longer duration of protection.
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Australians have been educated about the role UV-rays since kids however many of us still don't fully understand what how to protect ourselves other than 'Slip Slop Slap'.
UVs fast-track skin-ageing and increase chances of skin cancer, FACT.
Ensuring your SPF protects you with a maximum UVA filter is extremely important, particularly from an ageing point of view as these rays penetrate deeper into the skin, aggressively penetrating glass, folding around walls and are as strong on a cloudy day as they are on a sunny day. They’re the main cause of patchiness, spider veins, enlargement of blood vessels, increased darkening as well as collagen and elastin damage. While UVB rays are those that cause burning. Think of it like that UVA – Aggressive Ageing, UVB – Burning. Your SPF should protect you from both, so look out for the symbols UVA/UVB or the words ‘Broad Spectrum’ when choosing a product.
Physical vs chemical
Physical filters (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sits on the surface of the skin deflecting rays like a mirror, while chemical filters (everything else), absorb the UV energy to prevent it from penetrating the skin. Chemical formulations are generally lighter and invisible, however most experts still recommend physical SPF as it offers both UVA and UVB protection and doesn't irritate sensitive skin.
Physical filters reflect UVs like a mirror while chemical filters transform UV-rays into heat, increasing likeliness of skin redness and hyper-sensitivity. source: colorescience.com
It is recommended to wear sunscreen between SPF15 and SFF30 to give the correct level of protection. Anything below an SPF15 gives very little protection. As SPF30 blocks 97% of UVs and SPF50 98%, it is often asked whether anything higher than SPF30 is worth the greater level of sunscreen chemicals. Generally, it’s not essential unless you have a specific condition where SPF50/60 is recommended (e.g. hyper-pigmentation) but most skin cancer charities state SPF30 applied correctly and regularly is sufficient and limits the concentration of sunscreen chemicals the skin is exposed to, particularly sensitive skins and children.
This is where sun smarts come into play!
The higher you go above SPF30 usually means the more nasty chemicals and toxic ingredients there are in a formula to get that longer protection time. Sun care that has an SPF40 rating and over will contain considerably more synthetics and nasties in the formula to allow you to not apply as frequently.
Why not apply an SPF30 more frequently with considerably less toxic ingredients than applying an SFP50 less frequently with considerably more toxic ingredients?
Recently Hawaii banned all sun care products that contain; oxybenzone (alias benzophenone-3), methyl paraben, PABA, various camphors, and octocrylene. These ingredients constitute a threat to aquatic and marine environments, lethally impacting coral reefs and act as hormone disruptors on marine creatures. This also directly affects human health also, understanding how these effect other creatures, imagine how these might be affecting us too.
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After sun care....necessary?
After sun care is the next step to preventative ageing. Its purpose - to calm, cool and alleviate burn symptoms while conditioning the skin aiding in repair and replenishment of what the sun has depleted.
Why not use an everyday moisturiser? These products are not designed with the focused cooling and anti inflammatory ingredients thats purpose are to remove heat from the dermis, essential in the repair process. These products expedite your skin returning to a natural sun kissed glow - not a peeling, leathery mess like we often see in veteran sun skin.
Be unedited, be sun smart.
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