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what’s an SPF and how does it work? part: 1


An SPF is this season’s hottest accessory. How to properly accessorize—that is the question! Here at OLEHENRIKSEN, we know how important sunscreen is and for that reason, we’re sharing all the information you’ll need in this three-part summer SPF blog series.

SPF stands for sun protection factor and it was introduced as a way to measure how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays. What does SPF 15 mean, how about SPF 30 or 70? An SPF describes the amount of overall protection you have from harmful sun rays in terms of the length of time you can be out in the sun and still be protected.

To determine how long your sunscreen will protect you from harmful rays, use this formula:

minutes to burn without sunscreen X SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

For example: if you typically burn without sunscreen in 10 minutes and you are wearing and SPF 15, you will be protected for 150 minutes or 2.5 hours.

In the next blog, I’ll cover the difference between a chemical and a physical sunscreen and how much you need to use to adequately protect your body. Do you have any questions about your SPF? Ask away in the comments below!

Posted in Skin Care, Summer Skin | 4 Comments

4 Responses to “what’s an SPF and how does it work? part: 1”

  1. Rita Walz says:

    Whatever happened to Ole Henriksen’s Sun Protector Skin Ceme?

  2. Hi Rita, we’re in the process of reformulating the sun light protection creme.

  3. suzi werderitsch says:

    The moisturizers that Ole has with sunscreen are not the best for my skin type. What product does Ole recommend if one wishes to use a seperate sunscreen ?

  4. Jenn at OLEHENRIKSEN says:

    Hi Suzi, we are coming our with our new truth revealed super creme spf 15 this month. Hope that helps!

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