Sunscreen 101: SPF explained! 

With the summer season comes warm days in the sun, bbq’s with friends and lazy days at the beach. But there is not only fun in the sun. With sunshine comes the good and bad. The sun is our main source of vitamin D which is essential for bone and muscle health. However it’s estimated that about 80% of skin’s aging comes from the sun and the exposure to UV radiation can increase the risk of skin cancer.  

Girl laying by the pool wearing The Base Foundation on her legs in the shade Passionate from Baseofsweden

So, what do we need to know about SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is how we measure the protection from the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. Experts recommend staying between 30 and 50 SPF. There are two main types of sunscreen: physical (or mineral) and chemical. Both absorb the sun’s UV rays to help prevent skin damage but physical also reflects some UV rays. Neither is “better” than the other they simply use different active ingredients. 

If you want to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer you should make sunscreen part of your daily routine and it isn’t just for days outside. UVA rays can penetrate your windows plus blue light from your screens may cause skin damage as well.  

This is where The Base Foundation can help you out as it offers a built-in sun protector factor SPF30 and is waterproof!  

Girl in the sun wearing The Base Foundation shade Fresh with a purple background.

The Base Foundation has been acclaimed worldwide for its long durability, matte finish and blotting effect. It creates a smooth, moist surface on the skin and is buildable which allows you to create everything from a natural matte finish to a full coverage look. The Base comes in 12 shades and can be used for both your face and body. It is made for all skin types and is dermatologically tested for daily use. 

You are also welcome to contact us if you need help you finding your perfect shade and stay sun safe all summer! Send an email to info@baseofsweden or send us a DM to our Instagram @baseofsweden





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