The warm weather has crept in and that means spending time outdoors is in full-swing. Contrary to what many may think, you should be applying sunscreen year round, not just during the summertime! In this post, we are here to share some helpful info and tips on all things sunscreen. Let’s dive in!
What Is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. A little confused about what the numbers stand for? The number indicates how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin. When choosing a sunscreen, you’ll want to make sure it says either “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum”. This means that the sunscreen will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays!
So how do I know what SPF number to choose? If you’re not going to be outside for very long or just to wear daily, SPF 15 will work just fine. If you plan on being outside for an extended period of time, SPF 30 or higher will be your best friend!
What Types Of Sunscreen Are There?
In the world of sunscreen, there are a few different types out there that you can choose from. Let’s explore:
- Spray-On: A quick and easy way to apply sunscreen. With this type, be sure to apply a generous amount and apply it frequently
- Built-In: Many of your common products that you use daily like makeup, chapsticks and lipsticks, and moisturizers may already contain sunscreen! How convenient is that? It’s good for everyday protection but if you plan on being outside longer, applying another sunscreen is essential.
- Water and Sweat Resistant: This type of sunscreen is made to stay on your skin after getting wet. An important thing to note is that it is not 100% waterproof, so re-application is key!
- Stick: This kind of sunscreen is perfect for spot application like on your nose and tops of your ears.
- Mineral (aka hypoallergenic) - For all our sensitive skin friends out there, this type is the one for you! Unlike regular sunscreen, this one sits on top of your skin instead of absorbing into it.
What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of sunscreen are plentiful and extremely beneficial! The big one is that it will decrease your risk of skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds are all things that can bring about this unwanted condition because they damage your skin cells. In addition, sunscreen can slow signs of aging and keeps your skin tone even!
If you notice unusual marks or spots on your skin, be sure to visit your dermatologist or doctor to have them checked out right away! This way, you can get a professional opinion on whether or not they are serious and need to be treated.
How Much & How Often Should I Apply It?
When applying sunscreen, a good rule of thumb is to apply a full shot glass (one ounce) worth on areas of your skin that will be exposed. Be sure to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before you head outdoors and you should also reapply every 2 hours. An important thing to note is that the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm. For additional protection, wearing a hat, sunglasses, clothing that has a good material, or staying in the shade are also good options to keep your skin safe!
If you thought that you wouldn’t have to apply sunscreen even when it’s cloudy outside, think again! Even on overcast days, UV rays can reflect off of different things like snow, water, sand and cement onto you. Who would have thought?!
Were you already an avid sunscreen applier or now after hearing these facts will be more mindful of your skin? As always, be sure to follow us on our socials, check out our website, and subscribe to our newsletter to see what’s new here at Purrfect Sunday. Catch you next time, friends!