SPF: Your Summer Skincare Must-Have

The Top 4 Questions Answered

Posted by Lauren Neal on May 3, 2018

For as long as I can remember, my mom has harped upon the importance of sunscreen. But as a resilient teenager, I coveted that bronze-y glow (which often transpired into a burn) and completely disregarded my mom’s perspective on skincare. It’ll fade into a tan, I convinced myself. And while I’m not proud to admit it, I even ventured into the tanning bed. (Trust me, that artificial color is not worth it). So here I find myself, already regretting ignoring my mom’s valuable advice. Let’s be honest - mom always knows best.

Now, as the summer quickly approaches, let’s take a moment to understand and appreciate why we love SPF and why we should be taking full advantage of it as soon as possible. Plus, it’s National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and what better time than now to implement an SPF into your daily routine?

First and foremost, what exactly is SPF?

An SPF is a product with the ability to prevent UVB rays which result in a sunburn. Unlike other skincare products which are absorbed into your skin, sunscreen is intended to sit on top of the surface, to serve as a protective-like shield.

What about UVA + UVB - what do they stand for?

The single most important criteria when selecting a sunscreen is ensuring that it provides broad spectrum coverage, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.

If you’re like me, you may be unsure of the difference between these common abbreviations. Ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B - think A for aging and B for burning. What does this mean for you? While you can immediately and visibly see the effects of UVB in the form of a sunburn, you can’t see the long-term damage those UVA rays have on your skin’s elasticity.

MD Complete’s Youthful Skin Sun Shield offers SPF 50 and protects against both UVA and UVB.

But my makeup already contains SPF…

While this may be true, makeup formulated with SPF typically doesn’t provide the necessary protection your skin needs to face those harmful rays. In general, sunscreens are very difficult to make, and the more non-sunscreen material mixed into the formulation, the more likely it is that you’re missing the good SPF coverage. Think of it this way. Each product is designed to do one thing. Makeup is designed to enhance your natural features. Sunscreen is designed to offer protection. Every time you apply a product to your face, allow it to do what it was specialized to do. So, the bottom line? Always apply sunscreen underneath your makeup.

So, what really is the best sunscreen to use?

Of course, we recommend the MD Complete Youthful Skin Sun Shield. But, honestly, the very best sunscreen is the one you actually use. And since sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin, it’s important to find one that feels good.

While applying a new layer every two hours is ideal, we also realize reapplication throughout the day is unrealistic for many consumers; but prepping your face with that essential base of protection is key to preventing as much damage as possible as your skin continues to mature. You want to ensure each product you put on your face is worth it.

Finally, make sure you check the labels for a sunscreen 30-50 SPF with UVA and UVB protection.

Regardless of whether or not the sun is out or what season of the year it is, always apply a sunscreen. It’s your best defense against premature aging and, unfortunately, the permanent effects of sun damage cannot be undone. And to save you the time and energy from finding a good SPF option, MD Complete has an excellent sunscreen that you can purchase right here!