What Is SPF? The Benefits of UVA/UVB Protection in Skincare

If gorgeously glowing, dewy-looking skin is on your wish list, then a skincare routine enriched with SPF is an absolute must!

Learn how to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with Charlotte's NEW! Magic Cream Light, a LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISER with SPF 20.

Just like the ICONIC, AWARD-WINNING Charlotte’s Magic Cream, NEW! Magic Cream Light floods your skin with moisture and gives you plumped-up, luminous-looking skin with its lightweight, supercharged formula that’s especially perfect for humid conditions, sweat-inducing summer weather and oily-prone skin!

What Is SPF?

SPF is a number that shows how much UVB radiation it would take to begin burning and reddening skin when a sunscreen is used properly.

It’s important to note the SPF number does not indicate the time you spend under the sun. And SPF isn’t a perfect number; there are considerable other factors that affect how quickly you can burn: your skin type, whether you’re inside or outside, the intensity of the sun while you’re out (affected mostly by time of day and location), as well as how much and how often you apply your SPF product.

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What Does SPF Stand For?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

Do I Need SPF Every Day?

Yes! Even if it’s cloudy, raining, or you’re indoors, your skin is vulnerable to UV radiation, especially since UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and windows.

Simply put, experts all agree that SPF is extremely important to help minimize or prevent sunburns, and most recommend using SPF 15 or above to help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. On top of that, SPF is great in helping fight signs of aging and keeping your skin looking youthful.

Particularly when you’re outdoors, your skin is immediately exposed to a multitude of external environmental aggressors, notably air pollution and UVA & UVB rays. Sunlight is one of the most damaging external aggressors, with overexposure contributing to the reduction of the appearance of skin’s elasticity, leading to the look of uneven tone. When skin is exposed in this way, unstable molecules are generated within the skin, known as free radicals, start to affect the skin’s natural protective barrier, in turn breaking down the substances in skin that are responsible for keeping the skin hydrated, supple and beautiful looking.

Daily application of skincare with SPF will help ensure your skin gets wrapped in nourishing, hydrating protection so it remains healthy-looking and beautiful!

UVA/UVB Protection: The Difference

When choosing a skincare product with SPF, look out for one that offers broad-spectrum protection—this means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Within the UV spectrum, there are two types of rays that can negatively affect your skin: UVA and UVB.

• UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns and reddening

• UVA rays are the ones primarily responsible for the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging (although UVA rays can also play a role in burning and tanning as well).

Moisturizers With SPF

Even if you can’t see the sun beaming brightly above you or you plan to stay inside, it’s important to invest in an SPF moisturizer to include in your MAGIC morning skincare routine and don’t forget to reapply if you’re spending more time outside!

Charlotte’s NEW! Magic Cream Light with SPF 20 not only contains a combination of UVA and UVB sun filters to help protect the skin against the harmful effects of the sun, but it also amps up the protection of the skin with CITYSTEMTM, a powerful Urban Pollution Defence matrix that neutralizes aggressors and helps prevent pollution particles from adhering to and penetrating the skin with visible results and RADICARETM GOLD, the ultimate shield against blue light that emits from laptops, smartphones, tablets, and a large portion of blue light exposure comes from the sun itself. This means your skin is helped in its defense against both visible and invisible pollution, digital blue light, UVA and UVB rays!

In addition to fighting environmental aggressors, Magic Cream Light harnesses the brilliance of REPLEXIUM®, a breakthrough peptide blend that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and unveils firmer-looking skin, CRAMBE SEED OIL, which helps keep skin feeling moist, smooth and supple, and COCONUT ALKANES to provide a lightweight, supple stretch across the skin.

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Results observed in a clinical study reveal that Charlotte’s NEW! Magic Cream Light boosts the appearance of elasticity by 45% in 4 weeks*, reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles by 27% in 4 weeks*, boosts hydration by 183% after 1 hour*, and defends against pollution, UVA and UVB rays!

*Tested on 32 people