What’s The Deal With Our Moisturising SPF?
Posted by PR Neom
Okay, so we’ve all got things we know we SHOULD be doing, but maybe don’t, because who has the time? And we’re definitely not down for any guilt over a skin care regime. So when it comes to wearing an SPF every day, we’re here to make your life easier. In a nutshell, YES you should be wearing one. Every day. And as for the ‘how much’, the ‘how often’ and the ‘which one’? We’ve got you covered with that, too.
Is SPF in moisturiser enough protection?
Yes! Even in winter, the sun’s damaging rays sneak through the clouds. And if you use acids or retinols in your skin care routine, they can make you more sensitive to sun damage. UVB rays are less present in winter, but still very much there, while UVA rays (which cause fine lines and sun spots) are present all year round. But you probably already know this – and we’re here to put your mind at rest – our SPF Moisturisers protect against both types of ray, and work just as well as a dedicated sun cream.
To get proper protection on a really hot day, you would need to apply it every few hours. As we said here the SPF should be reapplied regularly, especially if in the sun. Generally speaking, you should re-apply SPF every two hours. However if you are spending a lot of time outdoors, going swimming or sweating a lot you should re-apply it throughout the day. Applying it once a day as part of your skin care routine, however, is absolutely fine for everyday life.
What level of protection do I need?
We went for SPF 30 in our Natural SPF Moisturisers, because at 30, 97% of the sun’s UVB rays are blocked. But to work out what you need, take how long it usually takes you to burn when you’re unprotected from the sun, and multiply it by the SPF. For example, if you would burn after 10 minutes, an SPF of 30 will give you 5 hours of protection.
How can an SPF be totally natural?
Making an effective SPF naturally was really important to us, so we use natural mineral zinc oxide. It’s a non-toxic barrier to both UVA and UVB, it prevents burning and tell-tale signs of sun damage, and because it’s natural it’s kinder to sensitive skin.
The zinc oxide is blended with wonderfully naturally nourishing ingredients too, like almond oil which keeps your skin cells healthy and protects your skin from UV radiation damage, and helps your skin look smooth and soft.
The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin. It contains countless nutrients including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin E too. Aloe and shea butter, giving you an extra dose of skin kindness and soothing of existing sun damage.
How often should I apply my daily SPF?
The clue is in the name! Once a day is absolutely fine for adding sun protection to your everyday routine, when you’re mostly spending the day indoors. Our moisturisers are designed to be used as part of a routine, providing protection plus moisture and a perfect canvas and primer for makeup. That being said, if you apply them regularly throughout the day, you’ll get as much protection as with a sun cream. So if you’re off to the beach (or just in your garden or local park right now), make sure to reapply your protection throughout the day, around every two hours.
Will using an SPF limit my vitamin D?
Potentially yes, using an SPF can reduce your skin’s vitamin D production. Make sure you’re consulting your doctor to see if you need a supplement, and make sure your magnesium intake is up to par to maximise the vitamin D you do take.