The Basics of SPF and Sun Care
Sun care and skincare go hand-in-hand. Without proper sun care, adverse effects from UVA
and UVB rays can enhance the visible signs of aging and dark spots that skincare seeks to
minimize. It’s essential to complete each daytime skincare routine with proper SPF
sunscreen and apply the appropriate after-sun care in the evenings to protect and enhance
the skin’s natural radiance.
Learn the basics of SPF sunscreen and after-sun care with the products you love from Clé
de Peau Beauté.
Why is Sun Care Important?
Sun care is a topic that’s widely discussed by dermatologists and oncologists alike. The sun
produces natural energy called ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays have shorter
wavelengths than visible light; but even though we can’t see them, they can still be quite
dangerous. There are two types of rays within the UV spectrum that damage the DNA in
your skin cells and can cause skin cancer:
- UVA rays cause damage that leads to sunspots, wrinkles, and other visible signs of
- UVB rays cause sunburn and play a predominant role in the development of skin
Proper sun care, such as sunscreen, is essential to protect the skin against the harmful
effects of UVA and UVB rays. As the name might suggest, sunscreen is a product that shields
the skin from UV rays produced by the sun. Sunscreen is very good for skin health, as it
creates a barrier between sensitive skin cells and the invisible danger that is UV radiation.
Sun care is vital skincare for all skin tones.
What is SPF Sunscreen?
When we discuss sun care, we often mention SPF. But what is SPF in sunscreen? Sun
protection factor, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a measure of how well a sunscreen
can protect the skin from harmful UV rays. The SPF number listed on a sunscreen mainly
refers to the amount of UVB protection, whereas a broad-spectrum sunscreen shields
against both UVA and UVB rays.
The SPF number is a reflection of how long it would take UV rays to burn the skin when
wearing sunscreen versus without any sunscreen. As a general rule of thumb, the higher
the SPF number, the longer it takes to burn.
Is SPF 30 enough to protect against sunburn? No sunscreen can prevent a sunburn – they
only delay the onset, therefore the higher the SPF the longer the onset. An SPF of 30 or
higher is recommended.
How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen?
How much sunscreen to use on the face and how often to reapply sunscreen to exposed
skin are very common questions in sun care. To begin, apply at least a nickel-sized amount
to the entire face. SPF 30 sunscreen and above is ideal for the face, neck, and décolletage.
People of all skin tones should apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the
It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Activities such as swimming,
sweating, or toweling can wear away sunscreen quicker, so one may wish to reapply
sooner and more often. Reapply immediately if the skin begins to burn (and avoid
additional sun exposure as quickly as possible).
What SPF Products Should You Use?
SPF sunscreen is a must in every daytime skincare routine, but it’s tricky to know what SPF
sunscreen is best for the face. For days spent indoors with minimal UV radiation, opt for the
lightweight Protective Fortifying Emulsion SPF 22
to support the skin’s natural protective
barrier, or the richly textured Protective Fortifying
Cream SPF 22 to provide hydration and
For days spent outside, opt for an SPF sunscreen with higher protection, like the UV
Protective Cream SPF 50+ on the entire face and Protective Lip Treatment SPF 25 on the
Complexion Products with SPF for Daytime Wear
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products with SPF can make daytime protection a simple step in an everyday makeup
1. Prime and Protect
2. Cover and Smooth
3. Conceal and Protect
What is After Sun Care and Why is It Important?
How do you take care of your skin after being in the sun? After-sun care boosts natural
radiance and enhances the skin’s innate ability to regenerate and restore moisture after UV
exposure. Even with SPF protection, the sun’s rays can exaggerate dark spots and other
visible signs of aging, like deep wrinkles and skin texture. After-sun care can help reduce
the effects of UV radiation.
After a day in the sun, end the evening with the Brightening Mask Treatment Supreme, a
two-step system that chemically exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, boost luminosity, and
enhance resilience against further damage. Follow with the Concentrated Brightening
Serum to target visible dark spots and moisturize the skin for up to 24 hours.
Radiant Skin Care is Reliable Sun Care
Healthy skin starts with reliable sun care protection. Discover the entire UV Care Collection
from Clé de Peau Beauté for radiant skin that resists the effects of harmful UV rays.