The Truth About SPF

Have you noticed that the types of SPF sunscreens on the market have hit crazy levels in the past few years? I remember when wearing a 10 was just enough and now the shelves are packed with SPF100. With so many options, it is easy to get confused about what number your should actually be wearing. After I started noticing sunspots on my face a few years ago, I immediately started wearing SPF 50 on my face every single day, 365 days of the year. By wearing SPF 50, that basically means that it would take 50 times longer for my skin to burn than not wearing any sunscreen at all.
It is important to wear sunscreen on your face every single day, preferably SPF 30 or SPF 50. I know that we all love a tan face, but how much will that tan face mean in 20 years when it is covered in wrinkles? A lot of foundations these days come with an SPF in them, which is great because then you just have the two of them combined. There are two things you want to check for though: 1. That your foundation (or any skincare product for that matter) clearly states that it is a Broad Spectrum formula. Broad Spectrum formulas protect you from both UVA rays (the ones that age) and UVB rays (the ones that burn) and 2. that the SPF is at least 30 or above. That can be tricky because I have noticed that most foundations don’t go above SPF 25. I like to keep it safe and still wear a regular SPF 50 under my foundation on the days when I know I will be out in the sun a lot.
Extra tip: Make sure to apply sunscreen to your neck and hands as well. These places tend to get a lot of sun and can wrinkle easily.

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