SPF lets you know how long you can stay in the sun
Sun Protection Factor or SPF, found in our sunscreen products, does not indicate the amount of protection you will get but instead gives you an idea of how long you can stay in the sun before your skin starts to redden. And everybody is different! SPF ONLY applies to the UVB rays. It does not apply to the UVA rays. SPF products come in various levels including 15, 30, and 50+. Here’s how they work. For sake of easy math let’s say that your skin will start to redden when exposed to the sun after just 10 minutes. You would take that 10 minutes and multiply it by the SPF number on the product you’re using. For example, if you are using an SPF 30 product – 10 minutes x 30 (SPF) = 300 minutes. Take the 300 minutes and divide by 60 minutes which equals 1 hour. The result? 5 hours of Sun Protection Factor.
It’s important to not have a false sense of security when it comes to your Sunscreen. Many products are not water or sweat resistant so you wouldn’t be able to rely on 5 hours of protection if you were swimming or exercising. The key is to apply, apply, and reapply throughout the day.
We all love the sun but, the facts are the facts. Unprotected sun exposure is the leading culprit in skin aging and skin cancer and we must protect ourselves to ensure we live long and healthy lives – while looking fabulous of course!