Sunscreen should be worn every single day to protect the skin from skin cancer and premature ageing, but does anyone really know exactly which kind of sunscreen to wear? Not even SPF50 is completely foolproof. Express.co.uk chatted to Amar Suchde, a cosmetic expert at AMS Aesthetics (@ams_aesthetics on Instagram) to find out everything you need to know about broad-spectrum skincare products.
Many SPF products only protect the skin from the sun’s UVB rays, not UVA rays.
The majority of UVB rays are absorbed by our ozone layer, which means that around 95 percent of the rays that reach us are actually UVA rays that are able to penetrate cells deeper in the skin.
When this happens, you’re letting the sun potentially cause immediate sunburn, ageing and cancers – even through windows and clouds.
Amar said: “If you intend to be outdoors for a period of time, it’s advisable to choose a sunscreen product offering both a high SPF and number of UVA stars.”
Moisturisers containing SPF are unlikely to offer any protection against UVA rays.
They’re also less likely to be applied as liberally as sunscreen and are more prone to being rubbed off.
For this reason, Amar said: “Moisturisers containing SPF should not be used as a replacement for sunscreen and should not be relied upon to protect your skin if you spend any length of time outdoors.”