The importance of SPF?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Why wearing an SPF everyday is so important?

If you’re like us at the Beautec HQ, we very rarely actually see the sun. So why is it so important to wear SPF on a daily basis, even if we arestuck in an office?
The sun, whether visible or not, is always out during the day and UVA & UVB rays are constantly penetrating our atmosphere. These UV rays are the biggest contributor to ageing skin in the UK. Wearing an SPF of 15 or more on a daily basis, will slow the ageing process down over the course of our lives.
But how do we know if the SPF we are using is giving us what we really need. There is lots of speculation around what SPFs do and what kind of level of protection we are actually getting.
There are two types of sun protection products available; physical/broad spectrum and chemical.
Chemical Sunscreens actually absorb the UVA/B rays, which are turned into heat in the skin and released. Chemical sunscreens are notorious for causing more pigmentation when used over a long period of time, as the UV rays are being absorbed into the skin and our melanin is being effect. This tends to grow up to the skin’s surface later on in life, causing age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Physical Sunscreens deflect the UVA and UVB rays from the surface of the skin, giving the skin far more protection during prolonged use. Physical sun creams need to be applied generously and regularly, but are much safer for the skin.
To get the maximum benefits for an SPF we also need it to contain other essential ingredients such as; vitamin E and antioxidants. We know what these are but how do they benefit us in sun creams?
Antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals which cause premature aging of the skin. Free radicals can be caused by UV exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption and general pollution. So, antioxidants are a ‘must have’ ingredient in any daily routine.
Vitamin E helps to hydrate and heal the skin, but also acts as a natural reflector against UVA/B rays, making it a great co-host in any SPF product.
Our favourite SPF is RAD by Environ. It has a great combination of antioxidants, vitamin C and E and Beta Carotene to help fight signs of aging and free radicals. It also has a very low chemical content, whilst offering maximum protection and contains titanium dioxide, which is a powerful reflector against sun radiation. 


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