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SPF 101: Everything you need to know about sunscreen

Welcome to the Nutrimetics ultimate guide to SPF. There's no doubt, SPF is the one skincare product that deserves the top spot in everyone’s routine.

Welcome to the Nutrimetics ultimate guide to SPF. There’s no doubt, SPF is the one skincare product that deserves the top spot in everyone’s routine. Living in Australia and New Zealand, you might think you know everything there is to possibly know about this skincare staple. But sunscreen has to live up to the strictest regulations here, and that means you have access to the most advanced SPF formulas on the planet. That’s great news for your skin.

Understanding the importance of sunscreen and how to incorporate it into your routine is key to achieving your healthiest, happiest skin. In this blog, we’ll delve into the basics of SPF, debunk some common myths, and explore why sunscreen should be your skin’s best friend, everyday come rain or shine.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor,’ which measures a sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, responsible for sunburn, skin ageing and skin cancer. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection. The SPF used in all Nutrimetics formulas including, Smart Shield Plus SPF50 Face Creme, has been dermatologically tested and is approved by the TGA.

Why should you use SPF50?

SPF50 means that the sunscreen can provide 50 times the protection compared to not wearing any sunscreen. A facial sunscreen with SPF50 like Smart Shield Plus offers a high level of protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It not only helps prevent the look of sunburn, skin damage and premature ageing, but it also infuses your skin with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid. SPF50 is considered broad-spectrum protection, shielding your skin from both types of harmful rays.

Does my SPF need other skincare ingredients?

The best sunscreens on the market are infused with extra skincare ingredients to give your skin an added boost. We have upgraded our Smart Shield Plus SPF50 Face Creme formula with a more advanced sunscreen active for unbeatable protection, plus a superior texture. The reformulation now has a lightweight, fast absorbing feel. We have replaced Edelweiss Extract with dermatologist’s favourite, Hyaluronic Acid, for improved hydration benefits, leaving your skin softer and firmer.

What’s the difference between UVA & UVB?

UV radiation from the sun consists of UVA and UVB rays, both of which can damage the skin. UVB rays primarily cause sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, leading to wrinkles and skin cancer. An effective sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, like Sun Days formulas. They are a must for beach days, sports and more. Make sure you apply 20 minutes before going outside for maximum protection. Reapply every 2 hours and more often after swimming or exercising.

Do you only need SPF on sunny days?

UV radiation can penetrate clouds and windows, meaning you’re still at risk of sun damage on cloudy or overcast days, or if you’re a regular driver. Additionally, UV rays can reflect off surfaces like water, sand, and snow, intensifying their effects. It’s crucial to wear SPF every day, in all weather conditions, to protect your skin. To help keep your face safeguarded from signs of sun damage, don’t leave the house without a layer of Smart Shield Plus.

Do I always need SPF on top of my moisturiser?

In a nutshell, yes. At Nutrimetics, we infuse SPF into as many formulas as we can for peace of mind. Find SPF 15 protection in our day moisturisers like Restore PRO Day Crème and White Age Even PLUS Day Crème, plus SPF 18 in our classic, Nutri-Rich Lip nourisher. Although these products do have SPF in them, we think it’s always better to layer up and add SPF 50 on top.

Can I wear makeup over my SPF?

Yes, you can wear makeup over Smart Shield Plus SPF50 Face Creme. Ingredients like Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid prep the skin with perfect hydration helping your coverage to go on smoothly. It’s best to allow the crème to fully absorb into the skin before applying makeup.

My makeup already has SPF in it. Is that enough?

The truth is people simply don’t apply enough SPF, so any formula with extra SPF can only be a good thing. Silk Fusion, Velvet Finish Powder and Sheer Complexion Skin Tint contain SPF. Yet the SPF in makeup is not enough alone to protect from serious UV damage. Always apply SPF50 directly to your skin before applying your makeup.

How do I choose the right SPF?

When selecting a sunscreen, consider your skin type, lifestyle, and preferences. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and if you spend extended periods outdoors or swimming, choose a water-resistant formula like Sun Days. Additionally, look for lightweight, non-comedogenic creams if you have oily or acne-prone skin, and consider tinted formulas like Skin Tint for added coverage and a natural glow.

How do I incorporate SPF into my routine?

To reap the benefits of SPF, incorporate it into your skincare routine everyday without fail. Smart Shield Plus SPF50 Face Crème should be the very last step in your regime every morning, after cleansing, toning and moisturising and before makeup application

How should I apply an SPF Face Cream?

Massage into face and neck daily, all year round. Smart Shield Plus SPF50 should be applied  liberally to all exposed areas of your face before sun exposure, including the ears, neck.

How long does SPF last?

The duration of facial sunscreen with SPF50 depends on various factors, including the amount applied, sweating, rubbing and sun exposure. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you are exercising or swimming.

Your SPF BFF is Smart Shield PLUS. 

Final thoughts ….

SPF is not just a skincare product; it’s vital for protecting your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation. By understanding the basics of SPF and incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine, you can safeguard your skin and maintain a healthy, radiant complexion for years to come. So, embrace Smart Shield Plus as your skin’s best friend and make sun protection a priority every day.

Shop Smart Shield PLUS now and give your skin the best defence.

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