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SPF Do’s and Don’ts

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Have you ever thought of something so good to be true? Now wonder how something so awesome with don’ts. If you’ve ever used a very good Sunscreen like our Sunscreen (https://vspbotanics.com/product/sunscreen/), you’ll know the importance and the goodness it does to your skin. You’d expect to continue usage without any brakes; you won’t want to imagine “don’ts, just couple of do’s”. Startling right?

It’s definitely no cause for alarm. These are simple don’t that you know of but may have turned a blind eye to for a long time. Continue reading as you find out the do’s and don’ts of one of the most sorted out skincare products.

  • Do use an SPF of at least 30

It’s a common knowledge that SPF helps defend our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. The higher the SPF, the greater your protection (although, this may not always be true as higher SPF don’t give you more protection ). SPF 30 is the minimum number you should look for in sunscreen or tinted moisturizer in order to protect your skin. SPF 30 blocks nearly 97 percent of the UVB radiators. Use higher SPF sunscreen, when you are stepping out for extended periods.

  • Don’t use expired SPF

This spells Error on many levels. Doing this minimizes your sun protection, and potentially to be even more dangerous, as it can put you at a greater risk for burns than using no sunscreen at all. Be sure to check the expiration date and shelf life of your sunscreen. Be sure to keep track of when you open your SPF products and monitor the expiration date. Note that, Sunscreen exposed to higher temperatures has shorter shelf life.

  • Do use SPF if you use vitamin C

When products containing Vitamin C like our Vitamin C serum is used during the day, it’s essential to add SPF into your daytime routine. Vitamin C increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun (photosensitivity). Incorporating SPF into your morning skin care line-up ensures the efficacy of your anti-aging products and protects your skin from sun damage.

  • DON’T use coconut oil as an alternative

Definitely a NO NO. Although some sunscreens contain coconut oil, the oil itself does not protect against skin damage. Coconut oil may extend burn time for some individuals, but it has very low levels of UV protection.

  • DO use more than you think

This is more like using a dessert spoonful of SPF to your face. You want to use more sunscreen than you think you need to effectively protect your skin. Let it be known that there should be extension to your eyes, ears and depending on the type of sunscreen, your lips too.

  • DON’T only use sunscreen

Though, sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays, from the sun that’s most intense during 10am and 4pm, it’s not an all-protective force field. Combine your sunscreen with other sun-safety approaches; hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, shades, and top off with hydration.

  • DO use sunscreen early before going out

Your skin can take up to half an hour to absorb sunscreen to give you protection from the harsh sun rays. So, always plan and apply it at least 15-20 minutes before going outside. Like it’s been said earlier, apply enough!

  • Don’t apply SPF just once a day

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, even on cloudy days. SPF should be a morning routine staple, but it shouldn’t end there. Remember to reapply if you plan to stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Do this to maintain optimal protection. For makeup wearers, you can opt for a spray or powder SPF to set or maintain your makeup while still offering protection.

  • DO use on all skin types

Sunscreen is not just for fair skin. The truth is UVA and UVB rays are no respecters of skin colour or tone. UV rays that causes skin cancer and visible signs of ageing affect everyone. So, don’t skip the sunscreen, no matter what the skin tone. It’s highly advisable to keep your skin covered as much as possible to protect yourself against skin ailments, caused by the exposure to the sun.

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