With summer fast approaching, you may find yourself shelling out extra money for those higher SPF sunscreens. Better safe than sorry with it comes to UV protection right?
The truth is, the SPF number on labels can be misleading. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15, protects you from 93% of UV rays. SPF 100 does not protect you from 100% of UV rays which is why you can find SPF higher than 100.
So, why should you buy suncreen with SPF higher than 15?Some studies have indicated that some sunscreens do not provide the level of SPF protection they advertise. Which is why I recommend always using a Minimum of 30 SPF.
Also, it depends on how long you plan on staying the sun. Higher SPF allows you to go for greater periods of time before you need to reapply. If you work indoors then the SPF 15 found in most make up should be sufficient. But if you plan on heading to the park for a few hours then you may want to reach for that SPF 50. I personally have SPF 15, 50 & 85. I always use SPF 50 on my face (because both of my face sunscreens -from Clarins and Lancome- are in SPF 50). Most other sunscreens leave my face oil and cause breakouts, so I rely on these two. They are also great if you plan on applying makeup above your sunscreen. On my body, I use spf 85 when we go to the Park, or swimming. I personally like Neutrogen SPF 85 Lotion .
Please make sure that your SPF is broad spectrum so that it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. A lot of sun screens only protect from UVB rays but not UVA. While UVB is mostly responsible for sunburns and skin cancer, UVA also contributes to skin cancer risk and penetrates deeper into the skin and causes premature aging! Many of us spend too many hours in the sun thinking we are protected by our sunscreens when it’s only doing half the job.
Please make sure you are fully protected this summer!