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April 6th

A Beginners Guide to SPF

Written by Courtney Grant

Nothing feels better than getting outside and soaking in the sun and fresh air. Imagine spending a day at the beach, basking in the sun’s rays and relaxing by the shore. While you’re focusing on self-care, you’re also getting important health benefits from your time in the sun! Just a relaxing day outside gives you an important dose of Vitamin D, which keeps your bones strong, supports your immune system, and benefits your mental health. Even though you can benefit from sun exposure, too much of it can lead to skin irritation and damage. The sun affects your skin all year round, even in the middle of winter.  

Although sunlight has its natural health benefits, it can also cause damage to your skin on a cellular level without the right protection. Sun-damaged skin can experience wrinkling, uneven skin texture, redness, or a more serious risk of skin cancer. You should know your risks and ways to protect yourself so you can have fun outside without worrying about your skincare. 

Cause of Skin Damage

If you love spending time outdoors, it is important to protect yourself from the ultraviolet radiation (UV) that comes with your time in the sun. Going outside with unprotected skin, even on the cloudiest of days, exposes you to a type of energy that the sun produces called UV radiation. This energy damages your skin cells and can cause accelerated aging, skin irritation, and more serious skin issues like melanoma.  

Two major types of UV radiation affect your skin differently:  

  • UVA radiation contributes to a higher skin cancer risk and accelerated aging for your skin. 
  • UVB causes sunburn and increased skin cancer risks. 

Sunburn is a common example of UV damage, which happens when the amount of UV radiation overwhelms your skin’s natural ability to protect itself with melanin. Your skin becomes sensitive, inflamed, and has a burning sensation as a result of damage from UV rays.  

Sun exposure can also cause photoaging by damaging your skin cells and decreasing the amount of collagen and elastin in your skin. Once your elastin and collagen fibres deplete, you will start to notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin.  

Best Ways to Protect Yourself

Sunscreen protects your skin better than any other method if you find yourself outside in the sun for hours at a time. Two types of sunscreen can help protect your skin in the sun:  

  • Physical sunscreen uses mineral ingredients that sit on top of your skin and block and reflect UV rays before they hit your skin.  
  • Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing UV rays upon contact with your skin and turns it into heat energy that the skin releases without damage. Chemical sunscreens are more likely to protect against either UVA or UVB rays, while physical sunscreen typically protects against both.  

Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, measures how well a sunscreen protects your skin by shielding it from the effects of UV radiation. SPF sunscreen has levels of protection based on how long it takes until your skin reddens in the sun while you wear sunscreen. 

Sunstop SPF 50+ Sunscreen Cream is a physical sunscreen that uses microfine zinc-oxide, an FDA-approved active sunscreen ingredient, to block your skin from the effects of UV radiation. Microfine zinc-oxide has proved to be the most protective option against UVA. Sunstop SPF 50+ Sunscreen spreads easily without the typical whitening effect of sunscreen and protects skin against harmful radiation caused by the sun.  

In addition to sunscreen, try to avoid the sun during peak times of the day and wear protective clothing as much as possible so you have protection against direct sunlight. Stay in the shade if you can and go outside wearing wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. You will thank yourself later for protecting your skin health!  

How You Can Make SPF a Part of Your Daily Routine

The best way to protect yourself from ongoing sun damage is to make SPF products a part of your daily skincare regimen. That means wearing SPF all year round and continuously protecting yourself against UV radiation. Remember, the sun can damage your skin in any season and it’s important to think about your skin health. These tips can help you stay protected against UV rays and keep your skin looking youthful and healthy:  

  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen at SPF 30 or above to filter both UVA and UVB radiation. 
  • Use SPF sunscreen before going outside and exposing yourself to sunlight. 
  • Apply SPF sunscreen to your skin every morning after your moisturiser, even on cloudy days and in the winter months. 
  • Always carry a tube of Sunstop with you in your handbag or your car. 
  • Keep your skin hydrated after going out into the sun. 
sunstop sunscreen

Sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine. Sunstop SPF 30 Sunscreen is a non-greasy formula, made with natural ingredients designed to keep you and your family protected. Purchase yours here.    

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