According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, our planet is becoming warmer at a rate of 0.15-0.20*C per decade. With the damage growing year by year, the harmful UV rays of the sun are increasingly able to penetrate our atmosphere. In the future, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a 28 year old look like a 50 year old.
Even today, we can see the effects of UV rays on those who work under the sun all day and do not use the appropriate amount of sunscreen to protect themselves. Their skin looks much older when compared to their “indoor” counterparts. The skincare industry has been doing their best to call everyone’s attention to how crucial it is to use sunscreen. This is due in part to constant exposure to the sun, without protection, can lead to certain skin diseases and even skin cancer.The cosmetic industry continues to innovate with time and consumers have started to see many new cosmetic products infused with sunscreen. This in turn however had many women asking if it’s okay to forego their sunscreen and replace it with SPF-infused cosmetics.
If your product does contain SPF, what is the proper amount to use?
The proper amount of actual sunscreen needed to provide you full protection is about half a teaspoon. So the question is: When it comes to BB Creams, foundations, and even face powders that are infused with SPF, would it be hard to get enough UV protection on your face without using a large amount of product. The sole goal of putting on makeup is to enhance your features, and to not make you look like a fully-iced cake. But does it mean that you are not getting enough protection on your face? It depends on your location, and by that, your exposure to the sun. Normally, sunscreen starts to break down within 45-90 minutes when in constant exposure to the sun and heat. So if you’re always outdoors, you might have to put on your sunscreen-infused bb creams or lotions at least every two hours. However, if you stay indoors, or work in an office all-day, and would only be exposed to the sun while you’re on your way to and from work, the sunscreen tends to last much longer and would breakdown relatively slower.
So what’s the best solution?
Cosmetics with built-in SPF like BB creams are wonderful. Beaute-FX BB cream doesn’t only provide that extra protection from the sun but keeps your skin even and guarantees hydration for the entire day. However, we still recommend you to put a good layer of sunscreen underneath your BB cream for that added layer of protection. You can also find liquid sunscreen spray products that you can mist over your make-up. Not only will it provide that added layer of SPF, it also helps your makeup to set.
Should you be afraid of the sun from now on?
No, we should not be afraid of the sun. The sun plays an important role in each of our lives. It is the very reason why we’re all here. Even though the sun can cause extreme damage to our skin, we still need its rays to help our bodies produce the adequate amount of Vitamin D. A good 5-20 minutes exposure to the sun about 1-2 times a week is sufficient enough, and we find it is best in the morning from 6am – 9am, when the heat wouldn’t be as intense as the rest of the day.
However, if you have sensitive skin, we recommend you consult your dermatologist first before following our advice. You may have vitamin D deficiency. They should be able to prescribe medication that you can take orally.