We usually think about applying sunblock during the summer months or on a vacation to protect skin from sunburn. However, the UV rays emitted from the sun can damage the skin over time – even on overcast days. We explain the harmful impact the sun can have on the skin, why you should wear sunscreen every day, and how to prevent sun damaged skin by incorporating SPF moisturizers and foundations into your daily skincare routine.
Why you should wear sunscreen every day
The sun emits two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. The latter causes visible damage (sunburn, redness and inflammation) on the skin’s surface, while the former can affect skin cells, damaging elastic fibers and collagen levels, and accelerating the development of signs of aging (wrinkles and fine lines).
What is SPF and what does SPF stand for?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number refers to the amount of time skin can be exposed to the sun without burning, relative to applying no sun protection. When wearing SPF 30, for example, skin would theoretically take 30 times longer to redden than if no sunscreen had been applied. However, sunscreen should still be applied regularly every 2 hours to help keep skin protected.
SPF helps to protect skin from UVB rays, allowing just a small percentage to be absorbed by the skin.
What does broad spectrum mean?
Broad spectrum SPF describes sunscreens that help to shield skin against both UVB and UVA rays.
To help prevent sun damaged skin, it’s recommended to wear products that offer broad spectrum SPF protection every day. Fortunately, No7 boasts a range of SPF moisturizers, tinted moisturizers with SPF and SPF foundations that help to shield the skin from potential damage.
The No7 SPF range
Formulated with broad spectrum SPF 30 and our Double Defense technology, No7 Early Defence, Protect & Perfect, Lift & Luminate, and Restore & Renew face creams help to protect the skin from harmful UV rays and environmental stressors.
While our Early Defence cream is suitable for young skin with first lines, Protect & Perfect hydrates and smooths the appearance of wrinkles. Our Lift & Luminate is suitable for older skin, helping to target 3 key signs of aging, while our Restore & Renew is best for mature skin, targeting 5 signs of aging on the face and neck.