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A Guide to SPF and Choosing the Right Sunscreen

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Sun's Out, But Your Skin Shouldn't Be! A Guide to SPF and Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Summer is here, and with it comes longer days, beach trips, and plenty of sunshine. But while we all love a little golden glow, it's crucial to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. That's where SPF comes in!

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What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It's a number that indicates how well a sunscreen protects your skin from UVB rays, the ones that cause sunburn. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • SPF 15: Blocks about 93% of UVB rays

  • SPF 30: Blocks about 97% of UVB rays

  • SPF 50: Blocks about 98% of UVB rays

Broad Spectrum is Key!

While SPF is important, look for "broad spectrum" on the label. This means the sunscreen protects against UVA rays as well. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to premature aging and wrinkles.

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Should I Use Sunscreen Even With SPF Makeup?

Absolutely! Here's why:

  • Coverage: Makeup with SPF, like our Glow & Go Foundation with SPF 15, is a great addition to your routine, but it likely doesn't provide full coverage across your entire face. Areas like your ears, neck, hairline, and the backs of your hands are often missed.

  • Amount of Product:  For makeup with SPF to be truly effective, you'd need to apply a much thicker layer than what's typically used for foundation.

  • Reapplication: Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, which isn't always feasible over makeup.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for You

Now that you know the basics, let's find the perfect sunscreen for your unique needs!

Skin type:

  • Oily/Acne-Prone: Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic formulas (won't clog pores) like lightweight lotions or gels.

  • Dry Skin: Opt for hydrating formulas like lotions or creams.

  • Sensitive Skin: Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are often gentler and less irritating.


  • Daily Use:  SPF 30 is a great minimum for everyday protection, even on cloudy days.

  • Outdoor Activities: If you'll be spending extended time in the sun, choose SPF 50 and reapply frequently (especially after swimming or sweating).

  • Water Resistance:  For swimming and water activities, look for a water-resistant sunscreen with a label indicating how long it lasts (40 minutes or 80 minutes).

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Sunscreen Application Tips

Here are some bonus tips to maximize your sun protection:

  • Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin 15 minutes before sun exposure.

  • Don't forget your ears, neck, lips, tops of feet, and the backs of your hands!

  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming.

  • Seek shade, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Wear protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses.

Remember, healthy skin is beautiful skin! By understanding SPF and choosing the right sunscreen, you can enjoy the summer sun while keeping your skin safe and radiant all season long.

Do you have any favorite sunscreen tips or tricks? Share them in the comments below!

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