ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Fashion and Beauty»
  • Skin Care

Summer Skin Care Tips: What’s the Deal with SPF sunscreen?

Updated on August 30, 2012
Source

You might have read about SPF on your sunscreen bottle, but do you really know what this means? There is more than just the abbreviation and the number that goes along with it. And if you want to make the most out of the benefits, it is important that you know what SPF is and what it can really do for you.

SPF stands for sun protection factor, and this refers to a product’s ability to protect the skin against harmful rays of the sun, such as UVA or UVB. Although we can reap a handful of benefits when we get some sunshine to hit our skin, but too much can be highly detrimental. This is especially true for light-skinned individuals. In fact one million cases are diagnosed in the United States alone each year.

An SPF indicates how long you are protected for when out in the sun. For instance, if you have a sunscreen that has SPF 15, this means that you can stay outdoors under the heat of the sun 15 times longer.

The number on your sunscreen is not proportional to the amount of protection that you get. A sun block lotion that has SPF 2 means that it absorbs 50% of the harmful ultraviolet radiation; SPF 15 absorbs 93% while SPF 34 can protect as much as 97%. It doesn’t mean that SPF 30 can give you twice as much as SPF 15, when you use the product right, it can give you the extensive amount of protection that it was supposed to give, and in reality there isn’t really much difference between the two.

The FDA requires sunscreen producers to indicate the SPF that their product contains. Unfortunately for some products the SPF that they have may only be applicable to UVB rays, but there are also other companies that formulate a sunscreen that is also able to protect against UVA. That is why when shopping for sun block lotion, make sure that it is specified that it contains “broad spectrum” protection.

The reason why broad spectrum sunscreen is important is because these have the ability to protect against the deep penetrating UVA, therefore preventing wrinkles and premature aging.

Dermatologists recommend that a product with SPF15 can be used all year long as protection for all skin types. But if yours is a skin that is sensitive to sunburns, it is best to put on something that has a higher SPF.

There are some make-ups that are already formulated with SPF, but you should know that this Is not enough to give you the protection that you need. You still need a good sunscreen base before applying the makeup.

It is also important that you know that expires sunscreen lotions are no longer as effective because their SPF is diminished.

The sun can be very damaging to the skin as it is able to cause dark spots, lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, larger pores. So as a basic skin care regimen, make sure that you protect your skin daily with a good sunscreen, and also see to it that you choose and apply it right. With that, you can remove a few years off your face.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)