Which sunscreen is best for you?
So, we all know that putting sunscreen on will protect us from UVA and UVB. Some of us are really good and apply it every day and for some, it’s at the top of our list when we set off into the great outdoors and be greeted with some warm heat and the sun soaking us with vitamin D but did you know this is also one of the most effective ways to prevent premature ageing? I’m talking fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, pigmentation- The list goes on but I’m sure you get the jest 🙂!
It is pretty confusing when you look at the shelf and find there are tons to choose from. I have narrowed it down for you to understand a little better. I hope it helps to make the right decision for you.
Ok, so let’s talk numbers as in what factor provides what. SPF (sun protection factor) is normally located at the front of the bottle with a number next to it with UVA (ultraviolet ageing) and UVB (ultraviolet burning). The following SPFs are the most common ones you will find.
SPF 15 gives 93% protection, great for Autumn, winter and spring. Also, in my favourite Lily Lolo mineral foundation!
SPF 20 gives 95% protection
SPF 30 gives 97% protection
SPF 50 gives 98% protection
As you can see on the stats, there is not a huge difference between factor 30 and 50. I often get asked if it is better to go higher for more protection but in all honesty, 30 is ideal because the higher the factor, the more chemicals are added. It’s a personal choice.
Now we have numbers out of the way, I can now talk pros and cons about physical and chemical sunscreen.
Physical AKA sunblock pros: works upon application, great for sensitive skin, great make-up base
Cons : rubs off easily, need to re-apply often, can leave a chalky finish.
Chemical sunscreen pros: only need a small amount, absorbs quick, one application for the day
cons : effective after 20mins, can cause irritation
Just when you thought we were sorted, there is another pollutant caused with our screens. Mobile, laptop, tele exposure is called blue light pollution. Fear not ladies and gentleman! Medik8 Advanced day total protect ticks all the boxes and is available here! ta da!