Living in a tropical country, we know just how intense temperatures can get. But more than the heat, it’s the sun’s rays that we should be worried about because of the damage it does to the skin.
Most people already know the harmful effects of the sun’s rays on the skin. For example, Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays penetrate the epidermis, causing sunburn, allergic reactions, and even skin cancer. On the other hand, Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays can penetrate the dermis, activating harmful free radicals and promoting skin aging.
Given all these harmful effects, one would think that people would be more vigilant when it comes to sun protection. Sadly, many people still underestimate the importance of this step.
So just how important is sunscreen? Does a higher SPF mean better protection? We’re answering your top questions in this guide:
Do I need sun protection even when it’s cloudy?
Yes. The sun’s UV rays can still penetrate through thin clouds. Plus, the level of UV radiation is not dependent on temperature, meaning that skin damage can occur even on cooler days. Therefore, it’s still important to apply sunscreen everyday—sunny or otherwise.
Does my face need sun protection?
Yes, you also need to apply products with SPF on your face. After cleansing and toning, apply Celeteque Sun Care Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15, or Celeteque Sun Care Matte Moisturizer with SPF 30 or an oil-free and smooth finish.
How is sun protection related to skin aging?
Sun exposure rapidly accelerated skin aging, causing wrinkles, sagging, stretching, and age spots. This is because both UVA and UVB rays break down the collagen in the skin, creating free radicals and inhibiting the skin’s natural repair system.
Does a higher SPF sunscreen offer better protection?
SPF stands for sun protection factor, or the ability to block UVB rays that cause sunburns, but not UVA rays that are linked to deeper skin damage. Higher SPFs can help: SPF 15 can block 93% of UVB radiation SPF 30 blocks about 97%, rendering it harmless to your skin.
Higher SPFs will block more UVB rays, but will not offer 100% protection, so products with higher SPF may not protect your skin better. Even if you have a product with SPF 90 or higher, there is marginal difference from your everyday SPF 30 sunscreen.
What SPF do I need for the best protection?
If you plan to be out for a short time (30 minutes to an hour) and away from peak sun (12PM to 4PM), SPF 15 may be enough to protect your skin. For longer exposures, you may need an SPF 30 to 50 to save on re-application
How often should I apply sun protection?
More than SPF, experts say that you should be more concerned about wearing enough sunscreen. Apply a generous amount 30 minutes before sun exposure so it can penetrate your skin. Reapply every 2 hours, especially if you’ll be outdoors for long periods.
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