SPF Unknowns

Every time Summer rolls around SPF becomes a topic of conversation, and it is quite possible that you are over hearing about it, but Kneaded Relief wanted to inform you on a few things that you might not have thought about that will only be of a benefit for you this Summer season.

    1. SPF products expire:  You are probably saying to yourself right now, “I know that”, but did you know that some SPF products do not carry an expiration date on them?  If there is no date, the food and drug administration mandates that the SPF product retain its full strength for 3 years.  So if you purchase an SPF with no expiration date on it write the date of purchase on the bottle, or if you have a SPF product currently in your cabinet with no date, and you can’t remember when it was purchased, our suggestion would be to throw it out and start with something fresh.
    2. Your bottle should state, “Broad Spectrum”:  There are many SPF products out there but not all are created equal.  You might have an SPF of 50 sunscreen but if it does not list the term “Broad Spectrum” on it then it is not protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays.  Most products today are Broad Spectrum, but be careful when it comes to moisturizers and make-up that includes SPF.  The 3 SPF face products that Kneaded Relief currently carries through Bioelements are all Broad Spectrum (Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15, RayDefense SPF 30, and SPF 50 Facescreen).

      Bioelements SPF Products
      Bioelements SPF Products
    3. You don’t need direct sunlight to cause skin damage:  Do you drive a distance to work everyday?  Does your office have a large window in it?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be exposing your skin to the sun and damaging it without even knowing.  UV rays can be transmitted through the glass, so though you are inside you might be exposing your skin to UV rays all day long.
    4. Summer should not be the only time you wear sunscreen:  Again this is probably something you are familiar with, but unfortunately we tend to only start throwing on the sunscreen when the weather gets warm.  To truly protect your skin, a sunscreen should be worn year round, and it should be applied to all exposed areas (lips, ears, back of neck, face, hands, etc).

Hopefully this information helps you make some informed decisions regarding your at-home SPF wear. For more information on sunscreens and a personal recommendation, we suggest you sign up for a Complimentary Skin Consultation with one of our Estheticians.