SPF or Sun Protection Factor

Why do we need SPF?

We need an SPF to protect our skin from sun’s harmful ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays. Anyone can get a skin cancer, regardless of your age, gender or race.

When do we need to use SPF?

Every day. Even if you do not see the sun the sky, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to apply SPF. Summer, winter or rainy autumn – sun protection factor has to be applied daily as temperature does not dictate amount of UV emitted from the sun. Sun, water and sand increase the need of sunscreen as they reflect the sun’s rays.

What is UV rays?

UV – ultraviolet radiation. UV rays, would it be from the sun or from artificial sources like  the sunbeds, can cause sunburn. Exposure the the UV rays, especially overexposure, can cause premature skin aging and signs of sun damage such as wrinkles and leathery skin.

In addition to accelerating the aging process, UV exposure can supress the skin’s immune system and increase the risk for the skin cancer. So it is extremely important that we include broad-spectrum sunscreen to our daily skincare routine to block damage from both UVA and UVB rays as well as empower antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.

SPF and UV rays

UVA and UVB – what is the difference?

UVA is the longest rays. These rays can penetrate trough clouds, windows and into the dermis. Long exposure can shrinks collagen and elastin fibers and causes fine lines, loss of elasticity and wrinkles.

UVB ray intensity depends on time of the day, time of the year and location. They penetrate the epidermis and stimulates melanin (responsible for hair and skin colour). It can result in freckles, motted and uneven complexion as well as redness and sunburn.

Overexposure to both UVA and UVB can cause a skin cancer.

High and low SPF – what is better?

Dermatologists recommends using sunscreen with sun protection factor of at least 30. That blocks 97% of UVB rays. There is no sunscreen that would block for 100%. If you are in the hot place, it is much recommended to increase this number to 50.

Even if there is winter outside the window and most of your body is covered with clothes, you still need to use sunscreen on your face (as it is one of the main aging factors!).

Different SPF

How to incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine?

The easiest way to make sure you have enough of sunscreen is to use moisturizer with SPF. The SPF should vary from 30 to 50 depending on the season or location you are living ( if you live in a place that is hot all year around, you should use SPF 50 daily to protect your skin as much as you can).

One of the main things when choosing best sunscreen is to make sure it is broad-spectrum to protect from both UVA and UVB rays and with SPF 30 or higher.

SPF range

IMAGE Prevention+ range

Prevention + – Cherchez La Femme Beauty

It is an evolution of moisturizers with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. SPF in this line varies from 30 to 50 giving us a choice of different moisturizers to suite our skin best. Key active ingredients are Zinc Oxide, SPF Boosters and DNA protection complex. Needs to be re-applied every 2 hours when exposed to sun or as needed.

Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30+ is ideal for sensitive, redness and dry/dehydrated skin. It provides pure physical UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection with time released hydration and DNA protection complex.


Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF32+ is perfect for combination, oily, acne-prone skin and anyone desiring matte, shine-free complexion. New generation, oil-free moisturizer with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection incorporated micro-sponge technology to absorb surface oils and leave the skin with a clean matte finish.

It has won the Best SPF award 2021 in STELLAR Beauty Awards!


Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF30+ is great for all skin types, uneven skin colour or tone. This daily tinted moisturizer provides pure physical UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection leaving the kin with the healthy, even toned glow.


Ultimate Prevention Moisturizer SPF50 is ideal for all skin types, sport activities and post – treatment skin. This daily moisturizer provides with the highest available SPF 50 broad – spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection with plant – derived stem cells. ( stem cells extend cell life)