What Is SPF, and What It Means For You!

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Let's be honest, this has been one hot summer. In fact, this past month was the third-hottest July in history, and included the hottest nighttime temperatures in 128 years of known history. (1) (2)

And don't expect the sunshine to end anytime soon. This crazy heat is expected to continue well into the fall months. And with all this heat and sunshine comes the danger of sun damage.

To better protect your skin from all this scorching sunshine, it's important to know exactly what SPF is, as learning more information is the first step to protecting yourself and having SMOOTH AND RADIANT SKIN through these next few hot months.

In this blog we talk about what SPF is, and how to best PROTECT YOUR SKIN all summer and fall long!

 

WHAT IS SPF?

 

 

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The first thing to know about SPF is that it's an abbreviation. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and though many people think it's an indicator of how dangerous the sun is, it actually functions as a metric to help preserve your skin and protect you from sun damage.

In fact, SPF is a measurement of how effective a sunscreen is at protecting your skin from dangerous UVB rays, which is the radiation that leads to damaged skin, sunburns, and dreaded skin cancer. (3)

SPF is super important because these UVB rays (there are also UVA rays) are the rays that predominantly affect your epidermis, or your outer skin layer, and lead to much of the surface-level damage visible when you've been out in the sun. (4)

 

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Now that we know what SPF stands for, let's talk about what that all-important number beside the letters means. The number next to SPF is calculated through a complex process, but can easily be understood as simply how well a sunscreen protects your skin from burning.

 

Some natural ingredients like raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil contain natural SPF properties, while also being nourishing for your skin and body.

 

Though SPF is a great starting point for understanding sun damage and protection, it's important to note that UV radiation will always get to your skin, regardless of the SPF number of your sunscreen. (6)

With that in mind, it's important that you choose a sunscreen that you will apply correctly, as no amount of SPF will remedy you if you're not applying it right. For example, you can better protect yourself from sun damage by applying your sunscreen consistently, and reapplying it at least every 90 minutes to 2 hours. (7)

 

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WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU?

 

Though SPF is a great metric for how well your sunscreen is protecting you, it's also important to take a look at what's inside your sunscreen that's giving you this protection, as some chemicals react differently to heat.

For example, over-the-counter sunscreens may not be offering you the kind of protection you think, no matter what their SPF tells you. This is because chemical actives like octinoxate, oxybenzone, and avobenzone don't reflect the sun's rays, while mineral actives like titanium dioxide actually use your skin to reflect them. (8)

 

Some chemical actives in over-the-counter sunscreens can be causing you more harm than good. Go ALL-NATURAL and protect your skin and body today.

 

If any of these options sound dangerous to you, listen to this: oxybenzone has been in the news recently because of its reputation as a hormone disrupter, which means it can cross cell membranes and potentially mess with your natural hormone process and system. (9)

 

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With all that in mind, let's take a quick look at how you can judge for yourself how your ALL-NATURAL SUNSCREEN will help you, and what role its SPF plays in protecting your skin.

Basically, the formula varies based on weather, your skin, sweat rate, how much is applied, and other variables, but a good rule of thumb is that a natural burn from five minutes out in the sun without sunscreen means an SPF of 30 would protect you for: 30 X 5= 150 minutes before your skin will burn. (11)

And finally, it's important to know that everyone should protect their skin from the sun. In fact, dermatologists recommend that everyone have SPF protection of 15 or more, even if you're just outside to commute to work. (12)

 

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Sources:
  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/08/10/hottest-us-nights-july-climate/
  2. https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/08/july-2022-warmest-nights-in-u-s-history/
  3. https://www.badgerbalm.com/pages/what-is-spf-sunscreen-sun-protection-factor
  4. https://www.britannica.com/story/what-does-spf-mean
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306838
  6. https://www.science.org.au/curious/people-medicine/what-does-spf-rating-really-mean
  7. https://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/a36110027/how-to-apply-sunscreen-correctly/
  8. https://brushonblock.com/blogs/news/what-is-spf
  9. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-science-of-sunscreen
  10. https://www.sunsaferx.com/drawbacks-of-sunscreen-lotion/
  11. https://www.nivea.com.au/advice/sun-protection/what-is-spf-how-it-works
  12. https://skinkraft.com/blogs/articles/what-is-spf-how-does-it-work

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