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SPF Sunscreen

The Importance Of SPF Sunscreen

Now we have entered the summer months, You may have noticed I’ve been talking about sun protection more than usual over on Facebook and Instagram. I know that it can be annoying sometimes, but I only go on and on because I care! I’m always surprised when I see my beautiful clients continuing to neglect their skin. SPF sunscreen should be a staple in your daily skincare routine.

If you’re at all worried about sun damage and UV rays, I’m here to help.

What Is SPF Sunscreen?

SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’, which is a value that is applied to sunscreen that provides a degree of protection against the sun’s rays. As the SPF value increases, as does the level of protection. An SPF value is determined based on the amount of UV radiation it would require to penetrate specific sunscreens and harm the skin relative to the amount of UV radiation it would require to harm unprotected skin.

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that SPF value is relative to time, as this isn’t the case. Many people believe that an SPF sunscreen of 15 would provide protection for 15 hours but this isn’t true. The value is related to the amount of UV exposure as opposed to the duration. What’s important to remember is that a higher number offers a greater level of protection but you need to take it upon yourself to judge how much time you can safely spend in the sun.

This is very important because the intensity of the UV exposure is different depending on the time of day. 1 hour spent in the sun during the early hours of the morning is likely to have the same effect as just 15 minutes when the sun is at its highest point in the afternoon. You should be topping up your SPF sunscreen at regular intervals throughout the day or at least every 2 hours if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors.

Sun Damage And Skin Rejuvenation

When you fail to protect your skin from harmful UV rays with an SPF sunscreen, you’re susceptible to a wide range of skin concerns, with skin cancer and sunburn being the most serious. Even though skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world and is widely spoken about, I still see people failing to protect their skin and prevent serious complications. If you’ve noticed any changes in your skin and you’re worried, you should schedule a skin health checkup with your GP or a dermatologist.

You might not know this but sun damage is also a leading cause of premature ageing. Years of unprotected sun exposure can lead to the early onset of fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity and sun spots. If years of neglect have left you with an uneven skin tone, get in touch and schedule a consultation at Clinic10 so that we can discuss SPF sunscreen and your concerns together. I offer several advanced skin rejuvenation treatments, from the illumiFacial to the groundbreaking Focus Dual® system from Lynton.

I recently introduced the Motus AY laser – a pioneering device that allows me to offer laser skin rejuvenation to a more diverse range of clients. Most people are suitable for treatment as the Motus AY can safely and effectively treat ALL skin types on the Fitzpatrick Scale.

Find out more here or schedule your consultation by calling or messaging 07963 219 368 or simply email and I’ll get back to you in no time at all!