Ah, sunscreen. By now you should know that sunscreen is one of the ultimate skin care tips and must-dos. It’s vital in protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays and helping in not only sun cancer prevention but also signs of aging such as dark spots, wrinkles and dryness.
However, a common misconception about sunscreen and SPF is that you can layer SPF from different products to ensure even greater sun protection.
What exactly am I talking about?
I’m talking about the sentiment that – for example – if you wear sunscreen with SPF 30, then moisturiser with SPF 15, then foundation with SPF 15… you’ll get a total sun protection factor of 60.
And an SPF of 60 is extremely good.
And while I do understand where this thought comes from (it kinda makes sense, no?), unfortunately, I wouldn’t do the happy dance just yet.
The truth is, the sun protection factor (SPF) on your face is as good as the highest ‘number’ you put on your face. So if the highest product on your skin has a SPF of 25, then your skin is only protected 25 times than usual, no matter what other products you might have on your face. Bummer, eh?
So if you have been thinking that you’ve been protecting your skin a lot by layering, it may not be as much as you think.
Time to redo, and to get a proper sunscreen! (I would recommend to always rely on SPF from a sunscreen instead of makeup products, by the way).
The recommended SPF on skin is 30, but personally, SPF 40 is the ‘minimum’ I’m looking for and would recommend no less than SPF 40 either. Some of my absolutely favourite sunscreens I would recommend (all SPF 40 and over) are by EMK, Alba Botanica and La Roche-Posay. (Any sun product by La Roche-Posay is incredible, by the way.)
Over to you: have you ever had this misconception about sunscreen? I did a few years ago, but really, as long as you are 1) applying sunscreen daily, 2) moisturizing daily and 3) avoiding sunbathing and long periods in the sun, you are definitely doing great things to prevent premature aging for your skin.