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SPF, UVA, UVB, PA++++: The Ultimate Guide

SPF, UVA, UVB, PA++++: The Ultimate Guide
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SPF UVA UVB PA? I always say wear sunscreen and wash your makeup off at night if you’re doing this then we can be friends 🙂 If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would it be! Unlike in other countries, we’re not educated on the importance of SPF and still many don’t know the importance of it or how to protect ourselves from skin damage and cancer. Yes, you read it right; Regular use of sunscreen reduces skin cancer risk. Applying sunscreen became a habit that I use in my daily life and I wish I have learned about it sooner.

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SPF, UVA, UVB, PA, ++++? What does these all mean and what these stands for? I agree, these labels are so confusing and some might just ignore it. We see all of these in the market but let me tell you, if you don’t know these terms and even if you buy the expensive sunscreen /sunblock in the market, you are not getting the protection your skin needs. If you are wondering what all those labels mean, sit back and takes note on today’s blog post.

All About SPF, UVA, UVB, PA++++

SPF – Sun Protection Factor
It is the measurement of its ability to screen or block the sun’s harmful rays. How long you’ll be protected for. For example, if your sunscreen has SPF30, you can be under the sun 30 times longer than you can without sunscreen before burning. Using SPF100 is twice effective as using SPF50 IS NOT TRUE!!! What you should believe is it’s very important to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out, reapply every two hours and spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.

SPF5 = 50 minute of protection so we have to reapply every 50 minutes.NAH! I’m too busy for that and will not work for my busy schedule, so are you right?! The recommended use starts at SPF15; It is equal to two and a half hours of protection , SPF30 = 5 hours of protection , SPF90 = 15 hours of protection

These two are different types of ultraviolet radiation from the sun and have been linked with skin cancer (the latter part is the main cause of sunburn).

UVA (Penetrate the skin’s deepest layers)
Stands for Ultra Violet A ray and are very powerful! It is present at all times during daylight hours. It penetrates into the deeper levels of our skin causing long-term damage, UVA speeds up skin aging; hyperpigmentation, sun spots, saggy skin and wrinkles. Yes, 90% wrinkles are usually caused by sun damage!
Easiest to remember : UVA = UV AGING

UVB (Affect the surface layers of the skin)
Stands for Ultraviolet B ray. These rays don’t penetrate as deeply as UVA. BUT UVB damages our skin too! UVB energy causes redness and sunburn on the skin.They have a big role in development of skin cancers. Easiest to remember : UVB = UV BURN

Before we discuss PA, (I know a lot still don’t know the meaning of these + signs) let me share with you all about PPD …

Stands for Persistent Pigment Darkening. It measures a sunscreen’s amount of protection from UVA rays. It’s all about the time it takes for the skin to tan. For example, a PPD of 10 means it will take you 10 times longer for your skin to tan without protection. THE TRUTH: The greater the number of plus signs, the better a sunscreen protects against UVA rays.

Stands for Protection Grade of UVA. It ranges from PA+ to PA++++
PA+ = A sunscreen with a PPD of 2 to less than 4. It provides the protection of medium UV radiation.
PA++ = A sunscreen with PPD of 4 t 8. Provides moderate protection against UVA rays
PA+++ = Sunscreen with PPD of 8 to 16. For normal skin and provides strong protection against UVA rays.
PA++++ = With a PPD of 16 or greater

Protect Your Skin The Right Way

All About SPF, UVA, UVB, PA++++

Now that you know all about SPF, UVA, UVB, PA++++, you can now protect your skin the right way. Remember, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out. And always apply it 365 days and not just summer months. Your skin will thank you. The next question is, how much do you need to apply? – See you in my next skin care blog post.

Check out my current favorite sunscreen; PETAL VELVET SUNAWAY (or PV Sunaway).

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway
Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway

When did you learn the importance of applying sunscreen on skin?

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

How to Get Rid of Blackheads
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What are Blackheads and What Causes Them

Goodbye Blackheads – this is what we all want to say but before we successfully say it, we have to understand all about it so we can keep it at bay. Blackheads are a type of comedo. Comedones occur when the pores in the skin become plugged with dead skin cells and sebum and exists with or without acne. The most common area is the T-zone which tends to be most oily. Blackheads appear so dark because the gunk and dead skin cells trapped in the pore oxidizes and turns black. A lot of us use different tools to remove blackheads, some use tweezers, peel-off masks, pore strips and clay masks but let’s face the fact; removing it with the first method for some is really satisfying to watch IF you have a strong stomach and the latter are relaxing ways to do but girllll, it doesn’t remove everything. To read more about the best blackhead devices, check out my recommendations at Estheticshub.


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The Truth about Blackheads

The Truth about Blackheads

Did you know that there are really two main categories of Blackheads? One is the blackheads that are caused by acne during teen years. Usually appears on noses, chins and foreheads.Second is the solar comedones that are caused by sun exposure. Those that we see around eyes and hair typically seen in older people.

Goodbye Blackheads

We probably all deal with Blackheads at some point but it just keep coming back! Keep in mind that you need to follow it up with top skin care products that will protect them from getting clogged again which I will share with you on our next skin care posts. Maintenance is the key factor when dealing and keeping them gone. Trust me, if you do this follow-up is a game-changer for keeping your pores clean /blackheads at bay for months! And please don’t squeeze them, your skin will thank you.

How do you guys deal with blackheads?

Any products/tool that have worked for you? Let me know in the comments


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5 Life Changing Beauty Tips

Life Changing Beauty Tips
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5 Life Changing Beauty Tips

We all have different beauty and skin care routines and there are so many great beauty articles that we can search on the internet, the learning is never-ending. What do you do to avoid that tired, dull and haggard look? I’m so excited to share five life changing beauty tips today! I’m all about sharing beauty and skin care tips with you that I discover and doing. What I’m sharing today is life changing so ya better bookmark this post!


True and Tested Life Changing Beauty Tips

1. Apply make up in natural light – Avoid harsh overhead lighting. This will not only mislead you for how much makeup you actually need but it also makes you look misleadingly haggard. No woman likes half-blended foundation. Get a bulb that has a CRI of 90 or higher to replicate the look of natural light. Best and inexpensive option is to find a window, natural lighting will give you natural and perfect makeup look.

2. 10 Second wash-off facial mask – Detox your skin in a snap! YES! Forget your 10 mins mask, here comes the 10 SECONDS wash-off-mask that’ll get you all fresh and ready for the day or night. This will be the next revolutionary skincare product.


3. Drink more water – This tip is overstated and probably has you rolling your eyes but listen up, this isn’t the 8 glasses a day. It requires a dramatic increase and when i say increase; we are talking about a minimum of 3 liters and if you get it right it, you’ll see a difference!

4. Wear Sunscreen – EVERYDAY indoors or outdoors. Yes, you read it right and did you know that you should be reapplying about every two hours? 😊 Your clothes can count as SPF so make sure you are not forgetting your neck, arms, hands when applying sunscreen.

All about Collagen

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5. Collagen – Repair your skin from the inside out! Collagen keeps your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, you like that? 🙂 It adds elasticity and strength to our skin and that won’t find in a cream. On top of that it is more effective than straight topical collagen – Hello to healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, brain and many more. To read more about collagen supplements, click here.


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