We have all heard dermatologists and skinfluencers talk about the importance of SPF and its role in protecting our skin and preventing signs of premature ageing. But what is SPF and how does it work? How often do you need to apply it, and more importantly, how to reapply SPF with makeup?
What is SPF?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, refers to sunscreen that offers protection from ultraviolet rays or UVA/UVB rays. The number that follows ‘SPF’ (e.g. SPF15) tells us how well the sunscreen will protect our skin. This number only shows the strength of UVB protection though, not UVA. Ideally, you should be using SPF30, or SPF15 at the very least. It's a common skincare mistake not to apply SPF regularly throughout the day, just once isn't enough.
So, how often should you reapply SPF? Experts recommend reapplying your SPF every two hours when you’re sitting out in the sun. Yes, every two hours!
This sounds like a lot, but this doesn’t take into consideration the intensity of sunlight, skin type, and amount of sunscreen used. Obviously, if you’re sitting in the office all day, you don’t need to be slapping on factor 30 every 2 hours. You do still need to reapply throughout the day though, to be on the safe side.
How do you apply SPF as part of your skincare routine?
The key to protecting your skin, and avoiding the signs of premature ageing, is applying SPF as part of your morning skincare routine. Rain, hail, or snow, you need to religiously apply that SPF!
Combining your SPF with your moisturiser can make it easier to incorporate into your am routine, but it may also help the SPF absorb into your skin. Pairing an SPF oil with Poko’s Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser is a winning combo. This moisturiser is specifically designed to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It is also packed with collagen, which your body produces less of as you age, to keep the skin looking hydrated, plump, and glowy.
How to reapply SPF with makeup
Starting off with a protective base in the morning is the most important part of your skin protection routine, but it’s not the only step. You need to reapply SPF every two to three hours for maximum protection. This is easy when you’re on a beach, soaking in the sun au-natural and makeup-less. But when you’re going from the office to cocktails, or for an evening stroll in the park, it’s a little different – how do you reapply SPF without disturbing your makeup?
The thought of slapping thick, greasy sunscreen on top of your makeup is less than appealing, even for those of us who aren’t self-professed makeup lovers. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do this!
Give yourself a head start and use a foundation that has SPF in it. In 2020, we all know how important SPF is so you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to foundations with built-in SPF protection. Companies from IT Cosmetics to Bare Minerals have included SPF in their foundations and CC creams. And there are plenty of cruelty-free and vegan options! You can use these products to top up your makeup before you head out for the evening, and top up your SPF protection in one step.
Reapply SPF using SPF mist/spray
Using an SPF mist or spray is the perfect way to top up reapply SPF on-the-go. There are so many SPF mists, that make reapplying SPF with makeup a breeze! Many of which are vegan and cruelty-free. Just pop your SPF mist in your bag and reapply regularly throughout the day. Luckily, this means that your makeup will remain undisturbed!
The main thing to remember about skin protection is to bring it back to basics. This means incorporating SPF into your am beauty routine. The easiest and most effective way of doing this is to combine your SPF and moisturiser. Poko’s Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser and SPF facial oil is a dream team when it comes to protecting your skin from premature ageing. Also, you’ll need to keep topping up your SPF every two to three hours for maximum protection.