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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.

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

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Belo Essentials Sun Experts Products

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Belo Essentials Sun Experts Products

It is officially summer and the heat is on! Summer sun and warmer weather translate to sunbathing by the pool, outdoor activities, beach trips, fun adventures and so much more ways to have fun. While we may love these activities, it is important to remember that there are serious skin consequences when we get too much sun exposure; blemishes, wrinkles, pre-mature skin aging, skin cancer, etc. As I always advice, we must apply sunscreen/sunblock at all times and should be maintained all year including cold months to fully protect our skin. You should apply it before you step out of your house as it will make your skin feels safe, fresh and shielded from the sun damage while you enjoy all of your outdoor activities

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The Best Sunscreen Products Featuring Belo Essentials Sun Experts

The Best Sunscreen Products Featuring Belo Essentials Sun Experts Products

100 ml, Price: PHP 459.75

Introducing scientifically formulated sun care products from the Belo authority! This moisturizing sunscreen effectively provides broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays. It has Cell protect formula that strengthens the skin’s defense system while preventing accelerated premature skin aging.

What I love about it:

I tried several sunscreens and most are greasy and sticky but Belo Sun Expert products like this one, the Body shield did not failed me. I love that it is non-sticky, lightweight on skin, water resistant works as soon as you apply it, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologist tested. Need I say more? No need to hide from Mr. Sun! I am so happy with this product and I can now reapply sunscreen as much as I needed without the feeling of tackiness.

20 ml, Price: PHP 169.75

“A sunscreen a day keeps the wrinkles away” said by Dr. Vicki Belo. Our face is 90% of our selfie and we only have one so we must take care of it. Exposure to sun causes age spots, wrinkles on our faces so it’s best to always have this mini Belo Sun Expert face cover.

What I love about it:

It is gentle enough to use daily and lightweight on skin. For those asking, Belo Sun Expert face cover works effectively even for the most sensitive skin. I can wear this alone or with makeup. I am really thankful that Belo creates products that’s non-greasy and quick absorbing because I hate looking like I have oil in my face ha-ha 

100 ml, PRICE: PHP 259.75

A nourishing formula infused with Almond oil and skin vitamins that relieve sun-stressed skin from UV radiation damage and restore natural skin moisture.

What I love about it:

It soothes sunburn and inflammation. I’m having dry skin lately and Belo Sun Expert after Sun Gel hydrates refreshes and relaxes my skin.

100 ml, Price: PHP 479.75

It is paraben-free, hypoallergenic, provides immediate effectivity, water resistant and non-sticky. It provides broad-spectrum protection against UV rays.

What I love about it:

This is my favorite one! It has a mild cooling effect and provides me a non-greasy feeling with no harsh chemicals. It is quick absorbing with even coverage. I use it by spraying it on my hands then I apply the product to my face. I apply it generously onto dry skin before sun exposure, after vigorous water activities, when I’m sweaty or prolonged sun exposure. It is very handy; it’s always in my bag.  I use it when I am in a hurry and as much as I needed for that fresh, young looking skin.

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Rub on at least a full ounce to your exposed areas before you head out into the sun. Also, reapply every two hours as well as after swimming, toweling off or sweating to ensure that the protection continues.

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My Experience with Belo Essentials Sun Experts Products

Skin safe + fun day with Belo Sun Expert Essentials Products! I love these winning sunscreen it makes my skin feel safe, fresh and shielded from sun damage. There is no need to hide from the sun anymore and the best part – There’s no stopping me, I can now fully enjoy and have fun all the time because I have complete sun protection!!!



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