WHAT IS SPF AND HOW DOES IT PROTECT YOU?
Consumer report’s defines SPF as "sun protection factor” which measures how long sunscreen will protect human skin from the Sun." All Sunscreens have an SPF factor. The SPF number on the label of your sunscreen indicates how long it will take the Sun to burn your skin and cause redness. It’s basically a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.
A simple example would be - if you wore a high-quality SPF 30 moisturizing sunscreen, like our CODE 3 Face Protection - it will take thirty times longer for your skin to burn without an SPF rating of 30. If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 30 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 300 minutes (a factor of 30 times longer).
But is it all in the numbers? Not quite, it’s not so simple. Some may think that the higher the SPF rating on your sunscreen, the more effective it will be in preventing sunburn. But not so fast. Brands that use outrageous numbers like SPF 50 or SPF 100 are really just promoting marketing hype, and here’s why.
Experts recommend using a minimum SPF sunscreen of 15. SPF 15 blocks up to 93% of UVB rays. When you move up to SPF 30 you now have a protection factor that blocks up to 97% of UVB rays. So, the thought that protection increases twice as much when you double the SPF factor is false. As you can see going from SPF 15 (93%) to SPF 30 (97%) yields an increase in protection factor of 4%. So, what happens when you start increasing the SPF beyond 30, you basically are getting a fraction of a percent increase in protection which at that point is negligible. In other words, there is really nothing to demonstrate that there is any additional protection benefits beyond SPF 30. So, don’t fall for the marketing hype. Claims of SPF 50, SPF 100, etc.… are designed to make you think you are getting a level of protection far beyond SPF 15 or SPF 30, which is just not true. Sunscreens with really high SPFs, such as SPF 75 or SPF 100, do not offer significantly greater protection than SPF 30 and mislead people into thinking they have more protection than they actually do.
Why Wear an SPF Moisturizing Sunscreen?
The answer to this question is - why not wear a SPF moisturizing sunscreen!
UVA and UVB rays can cause sunburn. The radiation from the sun’s rays slowly and over time permanently damage the skin, leading to age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and in some cases skin cancer. Who wants to age before their time? Your face is constantly exposed to the sun. We can always put a hat on our head to protect our dome from the sun, however there is no hat for your face. Which is why we developed CODE 3 Face Protection. To get straight to the point, using a high-quality moisturizing facial sun-screen daily, like CODE 3 Face Protection, will shield and protect your face from the sun’s brutal rays, much like a hat on your head, and maintain the health of your skin while reducing the likelihood of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin cancer.
Dermatologists suggest using a daily SPF moisturizing sunscreen of 30 or greater on the face and even your head if your bald and even if it's overcast, and especially when engaged in outdoor activities. An SPF 30 moisturizing sunscreen like CODE 3 Face Protection blocks out 97 percent of the UVA and UVB rays with moisturizing properties that won’t dry out your skin.
UVA rays can do major damage to the skin if precautions are not taken. There are other measures you can take in addition to the daily use Code 3 Face Protection, things such as limiting time spent in the Sun, and wearing proper clothes for protection.
These measures along with a high-quality SPF 30 moisturizing sunscreen like CODE 3 Face Protection can greatly reduce the chance for sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. The best anti-aging prescription available!
So, remember, always use an SPF moisturizing sunscreen on your face daily.
Always take care of your skin.