We are finally experiencing summer on the East Coast and pretty much all of the United States so it should not come as a surprise that our beauty routines will change to include wearing more SPF. SPF is an acronym for measuring the sun’s protection factor of UVB rays that are exposed to your skin that cause sunburn and cancer. Generally the higher the SPF, the more protection it will provide for your skin. However, there is a max to how much sunscreen SPF is really necessary. According to skincancer.org, 50 SPF blocks about 98% of UVB rays so that goes without saying that over 50+ SPF is not really effective. However, remembering to put on SPF is just half of the battle. The other is figuring out when to apply SPF during your carefully curated skincare routine.
Apply an SPF with A Complete’s Bestselling Serum
Our product developers at A Complete suggest applying SPF after using our Highly Concentrated Youth Preserve Serum to lock in the moisture while protecting your skin. It is important to apply ample moisturizer to your skin because when you cleanse your face, your skin pores are open and thus naked in that sense. Once you apply a serum and SPF, your skin will be fully protected from harmful UVB rays, which could lead to skin discoloration that is a result of overbaked skin.
Now you may be wondering what kind of SPF pair well with our products and the answer lies in the type of SPF available to you that fit your budget. Most SPF found in a pharmacy either double as a moisturizer and are usually thick creams. Or they are “pure” SPF formulas that are thin and watery. We recommend going with an SPF that is pure because our products will provide the moisturizer your skin needs to block signs of aging while giving your naturally supple skin.
Lastly, we want you, our valued customer, to know why A Complete’s 5-step skin care line does not include SPF. Of course, it wasn’t that we totally forgot to add SPF when developing products to make women feel beautiful from the inside and out! It is because the A Complete formula as we have manufactured it today is at its most potent when SPF is not combined. By adding SPF into A Complete products, it would have made the creams heavier formulas. Also, an inevitable characteristic of SPF products is that they leave a small white coat and also give shine to various skin shades. Therefore it was better to avoid this type of negative effect on our customers. Though, in general, with today’s diverse beauty market, it is common to use SPF in the form of sprays, in complexion makeup concealer and even in vitamins!
Here are some quick dos and don’ts of SPF:
DO: Apply sunscreen in the morning before a full day outside.
DON’T: You may be over moisturizing your skin by using a moisturizer AND a sunscreen that contains moisturizing properties. Too much moisturizer can lead to oily skin and thus breakouts especially during the summer weather.
DO: Mix your sunscreen with your favorite concealer. If you love your skincare routine, no need to make additions. Just add a pure SPF to your favorite liquid foundation to get the job done. Just remember that SPF is not permanent and should be applied every few hours if the skin is exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.
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