Of course, sunscreen is something that we use (or should use) on a daily basis, because we know that it helps protect us from premature ageing and from the sun’s UV rays. However, are we completely confident we know everything there is about sunscreens and what it does? Test your knowledge and let’s see if these 3 fun facts about our sunblock that everyone should know about are familiar to you!
#1 SPF number is not additive
Wait, what does that mean? You might have come across the term “layering” in skincare, and this is a common practice among many for sunscreens too.
While there are many cosmetic products such as tinted sunscreens and foundation bases that marketed themselves to have included SPF and sun protection, they are unfortunately insufficient for full protection against UV rays when used alone.
When layering on such products, it is important to note that the SPF figure is not accumulative. Using SPF20 BB cream on top of a SPF15 lotion and finishing off with a SPF30 sunscreen does not give you a total of SPF65. The limit is based only on the highest SPF, which in this case, is 30.
For maximum protection, always aim to slather on stand alone sunscreens with SPF50 after, if you wish to continue using SPF incorporated cosmetics.
#2 You can start using sunscreen at 6 months of age
Did you know this? Sunscreens can be and should be used as early as possible, preferably when you are 6 months old. This is a preventive measure against not only premature ageing, but also skin conditions like inflammation and skin damage.
We always recommend a physical sunscreen in comparison to chemical sunscreens when applying for an infant, as it reduces the chance of skin sensitivity and exposure to unnecessary chemicals.
#3 Sunscreen is always the last step
After completing your bout of AM routine, always apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare regime as the last step. A common misconception is that hydrating mist sprays should also be used after sunscreens. However, doing so will dilute the formula of your sunscreens, rendering it ineffective against the sun’s harmful rays. It will also prevent maximum absorption of your hydrating mist, defeating its purpose.
Hence, always remember that sunscreen goes last before makeup!
Morning Glow Physical Sunscreen is a physical sunscreen that has SPF50 and PA++++ that provides maximum UVA and UVB protection for all ages. Unlike chemical sunscreens and SPF cosmetics that get absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, Morning Glow forms an invisible shield to protect you from UV harm. It has zero white cast and is fully hydrating, making it the perfect makeup primer as well!