Everything you need to know about SPF
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is used to measure how well a sunscreen will protect you. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all guilty of overindulging our skin as soon as the warm weather arrives but incorporating an SPF into your skincare routine should be a year-round, everyday commitment.
SPF will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays; UVA & UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause long lasting damage such as wrinkles, premature ageing and pigmentation whilst UVB rays are responsible for the dreaded sunburn. It’s also worth bearing in mind that BOTH rays can cause skin cancer. 75% of skin ageing is due to UV rays and environmental factors so by using an SPF within your skincare regime every day you can massively reduce these damaging effects.
But what if its cloudy? Well up to 80% of the sun’s rays can in fact pass through clouds and these rays are just as harmful during the colder months as they are in the hotter months. These rays also multiply when it snows due to its reflective nature which means you’ll be more susceptible to sun damage. Finally, UVA rays can also penetrate through glass which means unfortunately, there’s literally no escape.
So, whether you’re on holiday in the Bahamas, skiing in The Alps or just sat in the office, you NEED your SPF.