Important – do you know how often you need to reapply your sunscreen?

Important – do you know how often you need to reapply your sunscreen?

This is a little update for those who don’t know the sunscreen reapplication formula.

Yes, we are blessed to be - some might say - ‘bombarded’ with education of the importance of sunscreen. But we don't hear much about how often it needs to be reapplied. At Homepeel, we think many of us just put it on unconsciously and assume we are protected all day.

This has been a bugbear for us actually as we feel it's very remiss. These sunscreen campaigns are without knowing it putting people at risk by only focusing on the first part of the job safety process - application.

OK so here it goes:

Times the SPF by the amount of minutes it takes you to get burned in the sun and that number becomes the amount of minutes you are protected for

For example:

If it takes you five minutes to begin burning when in the sun, and you have a SPF 30:

That makes it:

5 X 30 = 150

So you are protected for 150 minutes only (2 ½ hours)

Why are we telling you this? We hope you all know this already, but for those who don’t :

Skin peelers must always be sun smart

When you do a skin peel (of any sort) you are removing the stratum corneum, which is the upper dead layer of skin cells that form a mask on the top of your skin.

The Stratum Corneum is like your best friend and your worst friend at the same time.

It protects your skin from harmful UV rays, but while doing this, it gives your skin a dull, aged, leathery appearance. It can even congest causing pimples, acne, blackheads and the appearance of large pores. Once its removed, your natural glow shines out.

What I’m getting at is that if you are a skin peeler and are removing your stratum corneum, then you need to be very sun smart. Your skin needs extra help protecting itself from harmful UV rays.

I hope this has been helpful.