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UV mineral filter vs. SPF

The final month of summer means that we may be spending more time outdoors trying to make the most out of what’s left of the warmer temperatures. However, no matter the time of year, it is of the utmost importance to protect your skin with UV protection all year round.

Exposure to UV rays is detrimental to the health of your skin and can accelerate the ageing of the skin as well as cause skin cancer.

Protecting against UV rays

There are two types of UV rays:

UVA – cause ageing of the skin. UVA rays make up for 95% of the UV radiation on earth. They are less intense than UVB rays but are able to penetrate the skin more deeply. They are able to penetrate the skin during all hours of sunlight, through the clouds and even through glass.

UVB- UVB rays cause sunburn and play a key role in the formation of basal and squamous cell skin cancers. They also lead to the development of photo-ageing and damage the surface layers of the epidermis.

Research has recently shown that BOTH uv rays contribute towards the development of skin cancers. 

SPF protection

SPF works by creating a chemical reaction to break down UV rays. However, the chemicals that are often used within SPF protection only protect against UVB rays. Higher SPF’s provide little protection against sun damage and some are only able to suppress sun burn. Higher SPF’s are also particularly dangerous to consumers as they wrongly believe it means they can stay in the sun longer. However, exposure to the sun for a long period of time means that reapplication is necessary as the SPF protection will have lost its ability to break down the chemicals.

UV mineral filter

Made using ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc, a UV mineral filter works by reflecting both UVA and UVB rays. The minerals act like a shield to create a barrier for the skin that prevent the harmful rays from penetrating the skin. 

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Published: Monday, 10 August 2015

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