I’m reading this utterly fascinating book called The Original Beauty Bible in my free time and I highly recommend it! I’m learning so much. I thought I’d share you some relevant sunscreen/spf tips since it’s summer and it’s more important now than ever to know whats up. We’ve also been getting lots of sunscreen related questions.
- SPF - Does SPF rating matter? ”A sunscreen’s SPF rating is incredibly important, but it is not the only guide when you are buying sunscreens. All the SPF number lets you know is how long you can stay in the sun without burning while wearing that product. For example, let’s say you’re like me and you can stay in the sun for about 15 minutes before your skin starts to turn pink. Applying a sunscreen rated SPF 15 will allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer (three and three-quarters hours: 15 times 15 minutes) without getting pink. In other words, the SPF number, 15 in this case, multiplied by the amount of time you can normally stay in the sun without getting pink, is how long you can stay in the sun after you’ve applied the sunscreen. If you normally can stay in the sun 25 minutes without getting pink, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would let you stay in the sun six and one-quarter hours (15 times 25 equals 375 minutes) without burning.
- SPF only refers to UVB Rays. You want UVA and UVB protection — because although UVB rays can’t penetrate glass and you won’t get a sunburn from them if you stay inside, UVA does penetrate, there are more of them, and they are more damaging because you deal with 100 times the amount of them as compared to UVB.
- Applying once is not enough. “Research indicates sunscreen users are only applying 50% of the recommended amount, so they are only receiving 50% of the SPF protection.” The reason why sunscreen directions usually say apply 20 minutes before you go out and reapply when when you sweat is because you’re probably not applying enough in the first place, and you need an ample amount and you need to apply often because you’ll have sweat some of it off.
- The more products you layer on over sunscreen, the less effective the sunscreen is. As a rule, it’s best to apply sunscreen over the rest of your skincare and makeup. Those other products might dilute or break down the products in your sunscreen if you apply them over it.
- An SPF 5 Product over an SPF 10 product does not mean you are getting SPF 18 coverage. If you want SPF 15 (the minimum you should be wearing) find a product that offers that coverage specifically.
Bringin it back
sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen. not burning doesn’t mean skin damage isn’t happening.
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blackwithflowers is one of my favourite blogs. Beautiful.
Eartha Kitt c. 1955
I’m back! have a lovely picture of Eartha Kitt.
quick heads up; there’ll be radio silence here until wednesday because I really need to pull my bootstraps up and revise for this damn exam, so feel free to cheer me up by leaving nice things in my inbox.
until then, au revoir!
venus envy and blue moon are calling to me…
I do believe I’ve posted this once before but the colors are just so captivating - can you blame me?
spring has sprung! (it’s been sprung for a while, but every so often I see something that reminds me, like this outift)