10 things you should know about SPF

The sun seems to stay here. We know more than ever how important it is to wear SPF for our skin. Here’s what you need to know and the sun protection products we love

As we head into summer, the store is once again stocked with a range of SPF products to help us take care of our skin during the sunnier days.

However, did you know that to really protect your skin, prevent premature aging and improve skin texture, you should wear your SPF all 365 days of the year?

It’s your essential daily dose of skincare and your ultimate preventative weapon, no matter your skin tone or skin tone.

SPF benefits…
  • Reduces your risk of cancer
  • Protects the skin from harmful UV/UVA rays
  • Protects against sunburn, redness, inflammation
  • Prevents early signs of aging
  • Prevents hyperpigmentation and helps maintain an even complexion
  • Stops DNA damage
Top 10 FAQs About SPF…

Should you use sunscreen when it’s cloudy?

Cloudy days are no excuse not to skip sun protection, as the level of UV radiation is unaffected by temperature and UV rays can penetrate thin clouds.

the level of UV radiation is not affected by temperature

In fact, patchy clouds can amplify UV levels because radiation is reflected off the cloud edge and then focused on the ground.

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Which SPF should you use on your face?

Even if you decide to go for a lower SPF on your body, you should always go for the highest possible protection on your face.

“The SPF in your foundation isn’t enough to protect you in the sun, so always use a separate SPF sunscreen on your face,” says Dr. Preema Vig, former primary care physician and advanced aesthetic physician.

What is the difference between UVB and UVA rays?

UVB rays cause the skin to burn, while UVA rays cause aging and are associated with DNA damage.

‘UVA rays can alter the DNA of the skin cells, causing a malignant melanoma over time,’ explains Dr Preema.

UVA rays are the ones that cause aging

How important is wearing sunscreen in the fight against skin aging?

The most important skin care product available to prevent wrinkles is sunscreen. Both UVA and UVB rays cause wrinkles by breaking down collagen, creating free radicals and inhibiting the skin’s natural repair system.

‘If you only invest in one skincare product, let it be a good SPF,’ says Dr Preema

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Do sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays equally well?

The SPF on a bottle of sunscreen indicates the amount of protection against UVB rays and products in the UK include a star rating to tell you proportionally how much UVA protection is in a sunscreen.

look for sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum”

Five stars means an SPF15 provides the same level of UVB and UVA protection; while three stars (the EU standard) tell you that your SPF15 gives you lower UVA protection than UVB.

Also, look for sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum,” as only sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays are legally allowed to use this label.

How often should you apply sunscreen?

Always apply a generous amount of sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to penetrate the skin, then reapply every two hours, especially if you are in and out of the water.

“Remember to reapply sunscreen as soon as you sweat or swim and every few hours,” advises Dr. Preema.

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Which formula offers more protection – spray, gel or cream?

All formulas give you the same level of protection. So if it says SPF15 on the bottle, that’s what the protection will be.

It really depends on individual preference, so look at what the product does rather than what it is and make sure the product you choose has a high level of SPF and UVA protection.

Products with Retinol make the skin light sensitive

Should you avoid products with retinol (vitamin A) when you go out in the sun?

You should not wear products containing retinol when you are out in the sun, as this makes your skin more susceptible to UV rays and even ages faster.

“Products with retinol make the skin photosensitive and strip the skin of old skin cells, so you lose some sun protection from the lifted dead skin cell barrier,” warns Dr. Preema.

What are the best ingredients to look for in a sunscreen?

Sunscreen ingredients can be divided into physical compounds that block radiation or non-physical compounds that absorb radiation.

Look for scientifically advanced physical sunscreens such as titanium dioxide and micronized zinc oxide, as they provide broad spectrum sun protection.

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What is the future of sun protection? †

Advanced sunscreens not only protect against UVA and UVB rays, they also provide anti-aging properties and repair and repair DNA damage.

Top Product Picks:

Below are some of our top SPF picks to try this summer and take with you into the colder months:

#1 iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 40, £68


This advanced sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and helps repair sun damage by reducing redness and inflammation associated with sunburn.

In clinical studies, the application of Extreme Protect SPF has been proven to provide almost complete protection against the formation of thymine dimmers. Thymine dimmers cause the specific DNA damage associated with high cancer risk.

This SPF is an antioxidant-rich, state-of-the-art, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that supports optimal skin health as it hydrates and protects.

The multi-level, environmentally protective formula features our patented Extremozyme technology combined with scientifically advanced, all-physical sunscreens. It helps repair sun damage by reducing redness and inflammation associated with sunburn.

Revision Skincare Intellishade TruPhysical SPF

#2 Revision Skincare IntelliShade TruPhysical SPf, £81

A tinted, mineral sunscreen that is effective against both UVA and UVB.

This SPF from Revision Skincare fights fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its content of over 20 aging-resistant ingredients to prevent premature signs of aging.

In addition, this SPF works to repair and hydrate the skin while supporting its natural moisture barrier. A perfect SPF for all days of the year.

#3 Skinbetter sunbetter SPF 50 Compact, £65

sunbetter Compact SPF powder foundation

This compact sunscreen with SPF 50 offers a high level of sun protection on the go.

The skin-tone-matching, silky-smooth compact offers a touch of coverage, perfect to throw in your beach bag for a busy day in the sun.

The compact is a broad spectrum sunscreen that can act as a primer under makeup and can be applied as needed for extra coverage.

#4 Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50, £31

Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50

This SPF is specially designed to prevent premature skin aging and to reduce the risk of skin cancer and harmful external influences.

The lightweight, fast-absorbing sheer formula is perfect for all skin types.

It’s an ideal SPF for anyone wanting cruelty-free vegan skincare, and it’s also water-resistant, making it ideal for anyone looking to get active this summer.


#5 Croma Soothing Mask, £48

The soothing face mask is perfect for when you’ve had a little too much sun and need something that’s both cooling and moisturizing.

The sheet mask is packed with soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera, green tea and rosehip oil, which provide effective skin regenerating properties.

The perfect post-beach skin treatment to replenish skin with vitamins, soothe irritations and provide comfort to aggravated skin.