Debunking SPF Myths

Debunking SPF Myths

Debunking SPF Myths

Here at Ultrasun, we have been developing sun protection using world class research and technology for 30 years. We understand that SPF can seem confusing, so we’re here to address some myths & commonly asked questions in our myth busting series.

Part 1

Isn’t SPF just for Summer? 

Simply put - UVA rays are a year-round skin damager, penetrating cloud and impacting cumulatively beneath the skin’s surface.  UVA is responsible for long term damage that can lead to skin cancer and up to 90% of the signs of premature ageing as they disrupt the production of collagen and elastin.  It’s crucial that you apply a Broad-Spectrum SPF every single day.

How much SPF should we apply on face and body?

Apply liberally to all exposed, or potentially exposed, parts of the body. The official guidelines given by Colipa (Association of European Cosmetic Industry) is approximately one teaspoon worth for the face. As a guide, use a teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm, leg, front, back and face, including neck and ears.  

How long before we go out in the sun should we apply spf? 

Do it first thing.  Always apply sun protection to cool, clean, dry skin ideally indoors 15-30 minutes before you or your children go into the sun. It’s important that this step is followed, regardless of what sun cream brand you choose.  If applied in direct sunlight, up to 60% of your sunscreen can evaporate from the skin’s surface before it has a chance to bond and therefore becomes less effective.

Remember that you’re more likely to miss bits if you are rushed for time. Look out for easy to miss areas such as around shoulder straps clothing. Get a good coverage and let it sink in.  

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If you apply extra layers of SPF 30 - does it equal SPF 50? 

No, when it comes to SPF layering, it’s not cumulative. Applying two different levels of SPF does not increase the level of protection. If you mix your SPF levels you will only be protected to the higher of the two.

We're back next week for Part 2!...