Few factors in life have as much effect on the skin as the sun does. The most accessible thing you can do when striving for youthful, healthy skin is to use a good SPF day cream. An SPF day cream offers you all the nourishing and soothing properties of a regular moisturizer, with the added bonus of UVA and UVB protection. Keep redness and aging at bay, but still enjoy the sun to the fullest? Then a face cream with SPF should not be missing!
What is an SPF
SPF stands for “sun protection factor”. Although most men know that the higher the factor, the better the sun protection, there is still often confusion about how it works exactly.
The number following the word SPF tells you how long it takes for UV rays to turn your skin red versus the time without protection. For example, a sun protection factor of 20 means that you need 20 times longer to burn.
As part of a moisturizing SPF cream, it protects you from immediate redness and protects you from the longer-term aging effects of overexposure to the sun.
UVA & UVB radiation, the biggest cause of skin aging
Harmful UV rays (UVA and UVB) from the sun are always present, even when it rains and when it is cloudy. A good anti-aging skincare routine consists of a well-formulated cleanser, toner, exfoliant, serum, eye cream and moisturizer.
These care products are all important for younger and healthy looking skin, but none of these products replace the daily need for a good SPF cream. You will not get the desired result if you do not protect your skin daily against harmful rays from the sun.
We at The Alpha Men can therefore not say it often enough: use a good SPF cream daily, otherwise there is a very good chance that your skin will be damaged by the sun! What if you already have wrinkles and dark spots from years of unprotected sun exposure? Fortunately, it is never too late to protect your skin for this.
Research has shown that men (and women) who started using a broad spectrum SPF later in life saw a visible reduction in signs of skin aging. Regardless of your age, the daily use of SPF cream is the foundation of an anti-aging skin care routine.
How do you use an SPF and where can you find it?
In principle, you use an SPF day cream in the same way as any other cream. A thin layer, well spread over your entire face and possibly your neck, should be enough to provide your skin with the right care and sun protection throughout the day.
You have SPF day creams in different factors. For example, an SPF day cream with a factor of 15 offers mild sun protection. Do you opt for factor 30? Then the sun protection factor is already a bit bigger. On a hot summer day, for example when you go to the beach, you can also opt for an SPF50 cream. This way you ensure yourself of good protection and you can enjoy the sun carefree!
Product advice from The Alpha Men
Below we have selected 3 different SPF day creams for you. A mild variant (SPF15), a day cream that is in between (SPF30) and a variant with a high protection factor (SPF50).
Part of the Acumen range - an elevated line that uses quality ingredients - this multi-defense moisturizer/sunscreen from American Crew offers good UVA/UVB protection (SPF15) for a face cream.
The cream is suitable for all skin types and also protects against free radicals and environmental influences that can accelerate the signs of aging. The day cream contains panthenol and hyaluronic acid for deep penetrating hydration, while ginger root extract and vitamin E help protect against damage caused by radiation and pollution.
The cream has an invisible finish without white streaks. We recommend that you apply this day cream every morning, about 15-20 minutes before sun exposure.
Recipe For Men 's SPF 30 face cream is one of the Scandinavian skincare label's best-selling products in the men's range, offering the power to protect against immediate and prolonged sun exposure with combined UVA and UVB protection.
Because the cream is very light, it is much easier to integrate into your summer skincare than applying a sunscreen daily. In addition, this SPF day cream also gets to work on enlarged pores and oil production with its blend of cinnamon, ginger and pimpinella extracts.
Protection 50 Sport SPF50 from Dermalogica is a broad spectrum sun protection product that protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Oleosome Technology helps improve SPF performance and counteracts moisture loss caused by prolonged sun exposure.
This lightweight formula helps neutralize damage and binds moisture to the skin without a greasy feel. The formula absorbs quickly, does not stick and is water-resistant for 80 minutes, making it perfect for athletes and beach lovers.