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SPF: The Unmasked Summer Hero

Summer is officially here! With warmer weather gracing us with its presence, we can finally enjoy family trips to the beach, picnics in the park with friends, and barbecues in the backyard! But alongside all these fun outdoor activities, we also need all the sun protection we can get! With the UV rays of the sun on full blast, it’s important now more than ever to ensure we’re protecting our skin!

But why all the fuss about SPF? Do we really need it? What happens if I skip it? Don’t fret – we’re here to break it down and highlight several reasons why incorporating SPF into your skincare routine throughout the summer is a must!

First, what is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. There are varying levels of SPF, ranging from as low as SPF 15 to as high as SPF 50 and beyond! You may have already noticed it in some of your favorite makeup and skincare products!

So, why should you care? Here are a few reasons why SPF is necessary: 

  • Protection from UV Rays: SPF shields your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging (think wrinkles and age spots), and can also increase the risk of skin cancer! 
  • Sunburns, Where? Who enjoys the stinging feeling of a nasty sunburn — or the peeling and redness that happens afterward? Not us! SPF blocks the UVB rays that burn the skin, keeping your skin comfortable and protected while you enjoy the warm weather!
  • Fight Premature Aging! As mentioned before, UV rays can cause premature aging. SPF protects your skin from those rays, which can contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
  • Your Skincare’s BFF: Trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation or improve your skin texture? SPF complements other skincare products and treatments, ensuring that the efforts you put into your skincare routine are paying off and aren’t undone by sun damage.

So, bottom line: Daily SPF usage — whether in winter, spring, summer, or fall — is essential for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin and lowers your risk of skin cancer! 

Now that we’ve covered the importance of daily SPF usage, and the consequences if you choose not to, let’s get technical! 

There are many varying degrees of SPF! But let’s start with the basics: 

  • SPF 15: This is the lowest level of SPF. It provides minimal protection against the sun’s UVB rays and is not suggested for extended periods of sun exposure – although it can be a good choice for everyday use! 
  • SPF 30: This level of SPF is commonly found in sunscreen products and blocks approximately 97% of UVB rays! Most SPF 30 sunscreens also have broad spectrum protection, which means they protect from both UVB and UVA rays (more bang for your buck!). Most dermatologists and estheticians recommend this level of SPF for daily use—reapplying every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • SPF 50: This is a higher, although not the highest, level of SPF. SPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of UVB rays and, similar to SPF 30 sunscreens, often offers broad-spectrum protection! This level of SPF is ideal for prolonged sun exposure and is ideal for those with sensitive skin!

There are many more levels of SPF, going as high as SPF 100+, but we’ll go into that another time!

So now that you know a little more about SPF and its benefits, you’re probably wondering where can you get your hands on it? 

At Scents of Serenity, we have a great selection of amazing (and organic, might I add) SPF products!

Newly added to our shelves is The Eminence Daily Defense Tinted SPF with SPF 50+! This tinted mineral SPF has quickly become a client and staff favorite! 

Some of the key ingredients include Rosemary Extract, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Rice Bran Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Zinc Oxide – all of which are meant to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier while also brightening and improving skin texture! 

With a natural finish and a tint that is suitable for most skin complexions, you’ll be protecting your skin with a glow from within all summer long with this amazing product! 

Also newly added to our shelves is the Eminence Radiant Protection SPF Fluid! 

With broad spectrum SPF 30, this mineral sunscreen helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating your skin, leaving you with a radiant glow! 

Some of the key ingredients include Bakuchiol, Niacinamide, and Zinc Oxide, which are meant to smooth skin texture, retain moisture, and protect from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

Drop by one of our four spa locations to learn more about these incredible products and try them out! If you love them, bring them home with you—we won’t mind!

As we bid you adieu, here’s a little something to think about as you prepare to venture into your fun summer plans: 

If you’re wondering whether or not to wear SPF for the day’s adventures, ask yourself this: 

“Do I want to be sun-kissed or sun-burnt?”

Hint: Opt for the former!

Don’t neglect your SPF, friends! 

Happy First Day of Summer!

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