Surprising Facts about SPF– Just in Time For Summer

So, we’ve all heard the basic facts about sunscreen: “apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure; wear daily to prevent premature aging; reapply after swimming.”
But we’re still left with some questions— can you use leftover sunscreen from last year? What about tinted moisturizer with SPF—is that enough?
Josephine’s has all the answers to your skin care needs—keep reading!
1. Makeup with SPF isn’t enough to protect your skin.
To actually benefit from SPF usage, you need to apply one teaspoon for the exposed areas of your face and neck—way more foundation or powder than you’d ever need. You should always put on a good base of sunscreen on every day.
2. You have to reapply every two hours–no exceptions!
One application isn’t enough to protect your skin all day, whether you’re swimming or not. Even the best sunscreens, with high amounts of SPF need to be reapplied every two hours. Here’s a tip: If you’ll be out in the sun for long periods, set a reminder on your phone to reapply.
3. Sunscreen is a must even when you’re indoors.
Have you noticed more freckling or discoloration on the left side of your face? That’s likely a result of UV rays penetrating through your driver’s side window. UV rays aren’t blocked by clouds or glass, which means you’ll need plenty of SPF even if you spend your days at a desk.
Do you want to find a “cure” for the discoloration that you may already have? Aveda’s Enbrightenment Skin Care Line is fabulous! Ask one of Josephine’s Skin Care Specialist’s for details—or even better, book for an Enbrightenment Facial at either Josephine’s location!

4. Expired sunscreen can do more harm than good.
Using an expired sunscreen can obviously lead to reduced protection from UV rays due to diminished SPF, but expired formulas can also contain bacteria and fungus growth (yikes!). Sunscreens degrade in hot temperatures, so those left in the glove compartment, for example, might lose their effectiveness well before the expiration date. If your sunscreen or SPF doesn’t have an expiration date, toss after one year.
Hope these tips help; now go get you some sunscreen!

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