SPF is a skincare essential that we should all be using every single day of the year! As must have within your routine, it is important to understand what it is and how it protects you! So let’s go through the basics of SPF:
What is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. ‘It is a system used globally to determine how much protection sunscreen gives when applied to the skin at a thickness of 2mg/cm2. The test measures how much protection against UV radiation the sunscreen provides.’ – Skcin Charity
What do the numbers mean: 15, 30, 50? The number of the SPF shows how much protection it provides to your skin. The higher the number goes, the difference in protection is minimal, but over time, it does make a difference.
- SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB radiation
- SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation
- SPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of UVB radiation
When choosing an SPF we recommend a Broad Spectrum SPF as this protects against both UVA & UVB rays which both contribute to the development of skin cancer as well as premature ageing. If you are using a higher SPF factor, do not think you are invincible in the sun! You still need to reapply higher factors every 2 hours and after swimming.
Sun safety is a cause we will always promote, as skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. This August we have a special SPF offer, when you book a Spray Tan with us you can receive an AlumierMD SPF of your choice for £30 instead of £40! Protect your glow!