Skincare spotlight: SPF

August 5, 2019 | 1 Comment
Post Categories: Hammam Life

Now that summer’s in full swing, we’ve got the 411 on the most coveted piece of beauty advice: wearing SPF. We’ll brief you on the basics and winnow down to our top five of the skincare staple.

The gist

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a relative measure of how long it will take for UVB rays to cause a sunburn. The sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. While UVB is the chief cause of reddening and sunburn, UVA penetrates deep into the skin and play a major part in skin damage, aging, wrinkles and generating skin cancer. To ensure adequate protection, invest in sunscreen labeled ““Broad Spectrum”, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

The difference

UV Filters are ingredients that absorb or reflect the UV rays that are part of sun light. They fall in two categories: physical and chemical.

Physical sunscreens work by reflecting UV radiation away from the skin – they are like a physical barrier between the skin and the light. Examples include Particles of zinc oxide (ZnO)or titanium dioxide (TiO2).
Chemical sunscreens work by filtering & absorbing UV radiation – their chemical structure converts UV radiation to heat.

The numbers

The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. So for example, with SPF 30 – it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. A higher SPF doesn’t indicate superior sun protection—it indicates that you will remain protected in the sun for a longer amount of time. No sunscreen blocks 100% UVB rays. In fact, anything over an SPF 50 provides only incremental increases in protection. Apply generously or apply every 1hr.5m-2hrs. Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its peak.

The cut

If there is anything that you should take from this article, it’s that you should be wearing some sort of UV blocker or repellent year-round. Long gone are the days when applying sunscreen meant greasiness and white smears. These tried-and-true favourites integrate next-level formulas that encourage luminosity, moisture, and a faux glow.

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30
This daytime defense sunscreen is known to be the everyday essential. While it shields your complexion, it also soothes and hydrates your skin, thanks to matcha and sage extracts. Ideally for 20’s-30’s looking to defend from UV pollution and free radicals, maintain moisture and boost natural luminosity.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
With peptides proven to ensure long-term hydration, this keeper also includes amino acids and algae extract to promote a healthy, youthful complexion. Best for mature skin.

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense
This light-weight and water-based daily fluid leaves a sheer, mattifying texture without a white cast. Enhanced with artemia salina, a plankton extract, it defends and resists to UV and heat stress. Suitable for all skin conditions. Pair it with…

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
This award winning anti-aging serum is known for it’s unparalleled fanbase, and its longtime status. Incorporate Vitamin C serum for the most comprehensive protection against UV induced damage. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic protects your skin against environment agressors, such as UV rays and pollution, while leaving you with firmer, smoother skin.

SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense
Optimized for the delicate skin around the eyes, and is safe for all skin types.