https://oliviaknowlespoulton.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/winter-sun-1.jpg 594 1000 Olivia Knowles https://oliviaknowlespoulton.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/olivia-knowles-logo-1.png Olivia Knowles2019-11-10 20:00:192020-02-18 12:09:17Jetting off for some Winter Sun? Read this first!
We want to talk about suncream quickly… Do you understand how the SPF numbering system works?
The FDA, in America, has recently launched an investigation into suncream. Scientific evidence has recently come to light, exposing the fact that after just one day of wear, the chemicals present in many suncream brands can be detected in your bloodstream.
But not wearing suncream is bad too… correct! Let us explain:
We recommend wearing an SPF daily, just a different SPF to what you may be used to:
We share the same ethos and beliefs as Dr Des Fernandes, a world-renowned scientist and surgeon; who has been saying to avoid the use of chemical sunscreens for over 30 years.
Dr Des believes the mechanism by which chemical sunscreens work, has the ability to do more harm than good. Chemical sunscreens work by (simplified):
- Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your skin
- Once absorbed they turn UV rays into heat
- Heat is then evaporate out of your skin cells
This mechanism has the ability to do more harm than good, as it does not protect from free radical damage of your skin cells and the chemicals within (some SPF brands) react with UV to create further free radical oxidation and damage to your skin cells.
SPF Numbering System Explained:
SPF of 30 gives you 97% UV protection.
SPF of 15 gives you 93% UV protection.
This is only a 4% increase in UV protection. I think a lot of people assume, that an SPF of 30 gives you double the protection of SPF of 15. And that people often feel more ‘protected’ and comfortable that they are wearing a higher SPF.
However, with higher SPF level, comes higher levels of the nasty chemical mentioned above.
So how do I Protect my Skin from UV?
Step 1: Vitamin A based moisturiser
Vitamin A was actually the first suncream ever created! Vitamin A has the ability to absorb UV rays and neutralise them, thus preventing free radical damage to your skin cells.
A Vitamin A base suncream will also replenish any Vitamin A lost by your skin, due to UV exposure.
Step 2: Wearing SPF RAD
RAD has a sun protection factor of 15 (remember this is only 4% less protection than a factor 30). RAD contains Vitamins A, benefits listed above.
In addition is contains both Vitamins C + E. These vitamins contain natural SPF factors and provide additional anti-oxidant protection (alongside Vitamin A), against free radical damage caused by UV rays and pollutants.
You’re therefore more protected by the use of a Vitamin A moisturiser and wearing RAD suncream over a chemical dense factor 30 suncream. We recommend to re-apply RAD frequently thorough the day especially if you are sweating a lot due to exercise or swimming.