The use of SPF, or the lack thereof, is very important to me when it comes to my skincare routine, my clients’, and even my family. Everyone should wear sunscreen daily; no matter your race, sex or background. Growing up I remember hearing myths like people of colour don’t need sunscreen, or only lighter skin toned individuals need sun protection; and that is just false. Everyone has to wear sunscreen for health and physical reasons. There are different types of sunscreens available for different purposes, budget and preferences. The key is to find one that works for you. My goal is hopefully to add to the conversation, bring value using this platform and help navigate through the options out there.
WHY IS SUNSCREEN IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE
Sunlight emits energy. The light the sun radiates, both UVA and UVB wavelengths, are absorbed, scattered and reflected by the skin. This is important for everyone to know because UV rays are proven carcinogen; it can suppress the immune system and even cause eye damage. Therefore, using daily sunscreen is essential to protect the skin from UV radiation. I cannot stress enough that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, as well as aging, hyperpigmentation, capillary damage, free radical damage and collagen and elastin deterioration.
TYPES OF SUNSCREEN
There are two types of active sunscreen ingredients. There is the chemical sunscreen that absorb ultraviolet radiation and the physical sunscreen that reflect or scatter ultra violet radiation.
SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) of ingredients refers to the ability of a product to delay the visible signs of sun damage. The estimated SPF is not just based on the exposure time, but also on sun-day intensity, skin type, product application and other factors.
Examples of chemical sunscreen compounds are:
Octinoxate (Octyl methoxycinnimate)
Octisolate (Octyl salicylate)
Examples of physical sunscreen compounds are:
TIPS FOR USING PHYSICAL SUNSCREEN
Always use a moisturizer or protective lotion with a SPF30 on all areas of potential exposure.
Apply 20 mins before sun exposure.
Try to avoid exposure to sun during peak hours, usually between 10 am to 4pm.
All sunscreen used should be broad spectrum to filter out both UVA and UVB radiation.
Apply a generous amount to cover face and neck.
Sunscreen should be applied every hour or immediately after swimming or heavy perspiration.
I love to answer any questions concerning the sunscreen you use or provide recommendations on which type of sunscreen to use. Have a great week.