SPF - protect your skin with SPF
When it comes to taking proper care of our skin, prevention is always better than cure – and this is especially true when it comes to sun damage. Wearing a face SPF every day is key to healthy – and healthy-looking — skin.
A good quality sunscreen blocks the harmful effects of the sun's UVA and UVB rays, which affects the health of our skin and its cells, leading to decreased collagen and elasticity, fine lines, pigmentation, and an increased risk of skin cancer if the sun cream is not used.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It's a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, which are always there, even on cloudy days.
UV rays are the main cause of skin ageing, such as fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles and a dull complexion. UV rays can also be the trigger of skin cancer.
The sun emits ultra-violet radiation, which is split into UVA and UVB rays. UVB has a shorter wavelength and it's a bit more damaging in that it can cause sunburn and is associated with causing skin cancers in future life. UVA is a little bit different, though it can also cause skin cancers. It penetrates deeper into the skin and causes problems with photo-ageing, breaking down collagen and elastin.
SPF every day
Our Esse&Co Skin expert stresses the importance of wearing SPF on your face every day – even when the sky is cloudy. Applying SPF every day makes a difference, not only from the perspective of protecting against skin cancer, but also from an ageing point of view in the long-term. Most of us are more likely to use SPF only during a hot-weather holiday and many of us neglect to wear an SPF moisturiser in our everyday lives, despite the fact that sun damage can, of course, be caused on home soil too.
It is really important for your skin health to re-apply it during the day.
Protect your skin not only with SPF products
No sunscreen offers complete protection, no matter how high the SPF. There is no single sunscreen that can block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. This is why it's important to wear protective gear such as sunglasses, loose protective clothes, and hats — to reduce the risk of a sunburn.
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