Choosing the Right SPF
There are so many sunscreens available to you, and there's a few things you should know before choosing one. Read below for a quick rundown on what you need to know.
1. SPF - Stands for Sun Protection Factor. This number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. In Texas, we need a daily SPF > 40 to adequately protect your face from harmful rays. YES - even if "you aren't going outside"!
2. Broad-Spectrum - You want to see this on the label. It means the product has ingredients that can protect you from UVA as well as UVB rays. UVA rays cause skin damage that leads to tanning as well as skin aging and wrinkles. UVB rays cause sunburn and play a key role in developing skin cancer. It is best to use an SPF that has "broad-spectrum" coverage to protect your skin from both types of harmful rays.
3. Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen - Chemical ingredients absorb into the skin. Then they absorb UV rays from the sun, convert them to heat, and release them from your body so they can’t damage your skin and cause sunburns. Physical sunscreens, also called mineral sunscreens, sit on top of the skin rather than absorbing into it. They create a barrier that reflects UV rays to prevent damage and sunburns. There are currently only two FDA approved physical ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
We offer all of Revision Skincare's chemical and physical options. The benefit of using either chemical or physical far outweighs any downside of choosing one over the other. All versions of Revision Skincare's Intellishade are a 5-in-1 daily moisturizer that helps to correct, protect, conceal, brighten and hydrate skin. There are 4 formulas: Intellishade Original (dewy appearance), Intellishade Clear (non-tinted), Intellishade Matte (mattifying), and Intellishade TruPhysical (physical sunscreen). See below to purchase!
You should consider using physical sunscreen if:
-You have sensitive skin.
-You have melasma or are at risk for melasma: because of its ability to prevent heat within the skin. Chemical sunscreens can increase the skin temperature when absorbing UV rays. Zinc is also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient.
-You are post-procedure (with healed skin) I.e. VI Peel.
Hopefully this information is helpful and you realize that SPF is very important to wear every single day no matter what you are doing - rain or shine!