As Estheticians, we have heard it all: “I need a base tan before my vacation” or “I tan naturally, so I don’t use SPF.” While it’s tempting to get a sun-kissed glow and possibly overindulge in the sun during the summer months, this is when long-term damage can occur. Rather than trying to reverse the damage with aggressive professional treatments in the fall months, start investing and incorporating SPF into your daily routine.
A common SPF myth is you don’t need it on a cloudy day, but you do! The UV index, which describes the chance of exposure to burning rays, changes throughout the day but doesn’t disappear when the sun does. For those who rarely burn, don’t be fooled; there are two types of harmful rays, both affecting the skin differently.
UVA: Aging rays have a longer wavelength, which penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and causes premature aging. UVA rays can cause skin laxity (lack of firmness), collagen reduction (plumpness), and produce sunspots years after exposure.
UVB: Burning rays have a shorter wavelength and affect the top layers of the skin. UVB rays are responsible for the sunburn you experience after exposure and can cause different types of skin cancer over time.
Although your makeup might advertise SPF as an ingredient, there is commonly not enough per application to protect your skin. At Sorella, our SPF’s are broad-spectrum and have mineral-based formulas. Broad-spectrum protects against UVA and UVB rays, and mineral-based means they do not penetrate the skin or contain harmful chemicals. Our Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 will leave your skin feeling shine-free, an excellent option for those who are breakout prone. The Quench and Protect SPF 30 has vitamin B5, which is known to repair the skin barrier, a no-brainer for sensitive or dry skin! If you want to rock the healthy natural makeup glow all season try our newest member of the SPF family, Tinted Dew Drops SPF 50. There are 4 tints to choose from that will cover a broad base of skin tones and types allowing your natural glow to shine through.
PRO TIP: If you experience a sunburn consider swapping out your evening intensive serums with an antioxidant serum like Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum. The boost of antioxidants will help repair the damage and assist the skin in healing faster. Want a deep dive into antioxidants? Check out our blog All About Antioxidants blog.
We understand routines take time to build and maintain. If you are new to SPF, give it a whirl, your skin will thank you over time. Be sure to re-apply your SPF every two hours regardless of the sun protection factor (SPF)! Although the effects of UV damage are not always immediate, an SPF can be your skin’s best chance at aging gracefully.