Skin Care Success Depends on Understanding Three Letters: S-P-F

Skin care routines, no matter which products are used, will not be effective if skin is not protected from the sun. explains the rating of SPF in sunscreen and its value in skincare in the magazine’s latest article.

Sacramento, CA, August 10, 2006 --( Skin care practices, products and procedures are useless if you don’t protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Crucial to keeping one’s skin safe from being damaged by the sun is selecting products with the proper level of SPF for each unique skin type. explains the concept of SPF and its value in skincare in the magazine’s latest article, “What is SPF?” 

“What is SPF?” covers the topic of SPF, or sun protection factor, the main performance indicator used in sunscreen. The article explains how an SPF rating is determined, what SPF numbers mean and how to select the right amount of SPF in your sunscreen products: 

The letters SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor and the number next to the SPF on a bottle of sunscreen relates to the amount of protection that the product provides from sunburn. According to, sunscreen SPF numbers can be grouped in the following levels of protection: low (2-10), medium (10-20), high (20-40) and very high (40+). 

“What is SPF?” also provides technical information, showing readers just how important SPF is for protecting oneself from the sun and avoiding the risk of skin cancer:

SPF numbers are useful guides to determine one’s desired amount of protection from the sun. According to Heather Brannon, MD, SPF numbers function as multipliers as a sunscreen’s SPF number is multiplied by the amount of time that a person normally would begin to burn without sunscreen. Thus, if someone normally burns at a beach after fifteen minutes, then sunscreen with an SPF of 20 would keep that same person burn free for about 300 minutes.

Skin care expert Anthony Cohn realized the public’s lack of knowledge on the topic, which prompted him to write the article. “Everyone sees the letters ‘SPF’ on sunscreen, but no one knows what they mean. Thus, I decided to get to the bottom of it,” states Cohn. covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

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