As the weather gets warmer, it's common for the topic of SPF to pop up. While we all know the importance of sunscreen in summer, did you know you should really be wearing it all year round? Yep, right now! If you're feeling a little in the dark about skincare, don't worry, we've got the answers to all of your questions right here...
Do I need to wear SPF? Yes, there's no question that SPF is a daily skincare necessity. Aside from protecting your skin against cancer, suncreen is also important for keeping your skin youthful!
While it's obvious that you need sun protection if you're going to be outside, light can still penetrate through windows and affect your skin. In addition, sunlight is even stronger in the winter as snow reflects light.
What kind of SPF do I need? Ideally your suncreen will protect against both UVA and UVB exposure. As far as factor number is concerned, the more sensitive your skin is, the higher factor you should use. In general, SPF15 is the minimum, 30 is a good day-to-day factor, and 50 is best when it's very sunny out.
Is the SPF in my foundation good enough? While it's great to use products that have SPF in them, you likely won't use enough of that product to give your skin a good amount of protection. With foundation, a pea sized amount is usually enough to cover your face, but you should use double that in sunscreen.
Where do I apply SPF? In the winter, SPF should be applied to the face, neck, and hands everyday before you apply moisturizer. Follow the same routine in the warmer months, but add a body sunscreen to keep your arms and legs safe from the sun!
There you have it- our guide to SPF!