WHO NEEDS SPF? With temperatures increasing, the need for SPF also increases… So, what is SPF? When should we start using products with SPF? How do we use it? Who should use it?
Elena Davidson, Director of Education at Christina Cosmeceuticals USA:
“The skin does not forget and does not forgive sun damage. Exposure to sun at an early age could affect the skin years later, when the skin is no longer young or able to correct the damage on its own. Use of SPF with every sun exposure will reduce radiation and will prevent significant damage. It can also help to prevent skin cancer.”
It is quite obvious that SPF is beneficial at all ages with any exposure to sun, no matter how minimal.
What is SPF? SPF can be determined by both chemical and physical factors depending on the ingredients contained in your SPF Cream. What really is at the heart of preventing sun damage is the time spent in the sun. All tones of skin need protection from the sun and absolutely need to use SPF. The sun does not discriminate based on color, so all tones are at risk for sunburn and damage during prolonged sun exposure.
When should SPF be applied? Products with a chemical factor should be applied at least 20-30 minutes before exposure to the sun because they are required to allow absorption into the skin. Alternatively, products with a physical factor can be applied immediately before exposure to the sun.
Apply SPF Cream on top of serum and before makeup.
Amount and method of application:
Apply a generous uniform layer and pat in gently. Do not forget to apply to ears, lips, neck and décolleté.
What ages groups should use SPF Cream? All ages should use SPF products*. For adolescents, choose products specifically developed for younger skin. When using SPF on infants and toddlers, please us pediatrician approved sun protection.
Which SPF Cream should I choose? There are many over the counter SPF options, usually suitable for all skin types. A good product, however, is developed by professional skin care companies to suit every skin type and its individual needs. Such products contain, in addition to SPF, moisturizers, antioxidants and other ingredients tailored for specific skin conditions.
For instance, oily or acne-prone skin requires a non-comedogenic SPF Cream to prevent pore clogging and breakouts. Mature skin with visible aging should choose products with anti-aging ingredients.
Shade or cloudy skies allow for more than 50% radiation.
Do not drive with open windows, they block dangerous UVB radiation.
Do not leave your sun block in the car to preserve its efficacy.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure during peak hours.
All skin tones must be protected during sun exposure.
Choose cream over spray for better control of the amount applied.
SPF should be applied in the winter as well, especially in countries where sunny conditions exist