Sun Protection 101

With the summer just around the corner (and the weather already in the double digits) it's time to talk about sun protection. Protecting our skin from the suns harmful rays should be a number one priority throughout each season, but more importantly during the spring and summer months. Sun damage is one of the top factors for pre mature aging... not to mention the dangers and risk of skin cancer. As beauty professionals it is our duty to inform and educate our clients on sun protection. 

Sunblock vs Sunscreen

There are two types of protective creams - sunblock and sunscreen. 

Sunblock is a physical barrier that contains ingredients that sit on top of the skin acting as a barrier, physically blocking the suns rays. While sunscreen contains ingredients that are absorbed by the skin and absorb the UV rays before they reach our dermal layer. 


Understanding SPF

Sun Protective Factor, or SPF for short, measures how well a sunscreen or sunblock will protect the skin from UVB rays. 

  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

As you can see the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is only 1 percent. Most dermatologists recommend an SPF 30.

Applying and Reapplying

Many believe that the SPF in their makeup is enough for the day. However, in order to be fully protected you must reapply your sunscreen or sunblock every two hours and every time after we return from the water.  

How much to apply

Most people tend to apply less than half of the recommended amount. You should be applying around 6 teaspoons around your whole body. Here is a great diagram to help you and your clients remember how much sunscreen they should be applying. 

Sun Protection Options

There are several different options that you can offer to your clients:

  • BB Creams
  • Tinted moisturizers
  • Mineral makeup
  • SPF lotions
  • SPF in their daily moisturizer 


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