The beginning of April brings warm weather, outdoor events, and tons of fun, but it can also bring skin damage, if you aren’t careful. That’s why protecting your skin before leaving the house, and throughout your day, is so important.
SPF (sun protection factor) is usually your skin’s first defense against sun rays that can cause dark spots, circles, wrinkles, sunburn, skin cancer, and more. SPF measures how long your skin can be in the sun without burning. For example, if you burn easily after 15 minutes and grab a sunscreen that is SPF 15, your skin won’t start to burn for approximately 225 minutes.
While there are SPFs that go higher than 30, you shouldn’t worry if your local store only cares 30 and below. Dermatologists recommend staying between SPF 15 and SPF 30 because higher SPFs do not protect you much more to make it a concern.
There are also many types of SPFs that can work better for different skin types. There are some that are oil-based, cream-based, organic, etc. When shopping around for a sunscreen, base your choice off your skin type and SPF level. You can add it as the first layer under your makeup and bring extra for longer days in the sun.
Just remember that most people under apply, so be liberal with your protect so you can enjoy all your time in the sun!