What is SPF?
SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a number assigned to your sunscreen or any face cream for sun protection that indicates the level of protection it provides against the sun. Products with a higher SPF rating are stronger and have a better percentage of protection. A common misconception is that double the SPF number will offer double the protection. For example, a product with an SPF 50 does not provide twice the amount of protection than a product with an SPF 25 does. An SPF is just a numbering or a ranking system and not an absolute representation of the percentage of coverage the product provides.
The SPF number denotes the amount of time for which a sunscreen can protect your skin from sun damage.
That is why it’s also necessary to continuously apply the sunscreen every few hours.
Products with SPF:
Even though SPF is an absolute necessity in the summer, you should not skip SPF during the other seasons. One of the most common ways to shield your skin from the sun is to use sunscreen. Depending on the type of climate where you live, you can opt for products with a lower SPF during winters and monsoons.
Another way to get adequate sun protection without using any additional sunscreen is to look for skincare products that contain SPF. Skin cream and don’t forget a Chapstick with Natural SPF – it does the job of sunscreen while also moisturizing and nourishing your skin. They not only act as a resilient deterrent to the incessant rays of the sun but also cut the risk of skin cancer caused by harmful UVA and UVB rays. It even provides your skin with natural SPF that's required for your daily routine.
Now that you know all about SPF and the best way to get it, here are a few more things to keep in mind about SPF.
- Look for Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen or Facial Oils with high SPF. Broad-spectrum sunscreens and products protect you against both UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
- Sunscreen takes time to get absorbed into your skin. So apply your sunscreen for at least 15 to 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun.
- Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours if you are outdoors for a long duration. Reapply your SPF product every one to two hours if you are sweating a lot or have been spending time in the water. Aloe Vera Gel is a great alternative to SPF.
With the information mentioned above, we hope that you have a better understanding of SPF and why it is a must-have product in your daily skincare routine. Now that summer is almost here, remember to take better care of your skin and protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
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