Importance of SPF in Sunscreen

importance of spf in sunscreen

Summertime brings with it a plethora of exciting events, vacations, and lazy days spent by the pool and on the beach. In the summer, everyone enjoys relaxing by bodies of water. More and more people these days are realizing how important SPF is to their skincare regimen. But what exactly is SPF? In this blog, we will briefly talk about the importance of SPF in sunscreen.

What is SPF & why is it important?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is a measurement of how effectively sunscreen can protect your skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays, which cause skin cancer. One product that has the power to alter your skincare routine drastically is SPF. Every age group and skin type can now find an SPF. Sunscreens come in a variety of textures and formulas these days. There is something in the SPF store these days for everyone, regardless of skin type—oily, dry, acne-prone, or sensitive.

The question now is: Why should you use sunscreen? What precisely does it accomplish?

  • It aids in shielding your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. 

  • Stop ageing too soon.

  • Prevents freckles, sunburns, and hyperpigmentation; aids in the prevention of skin cancer 

  • Aid in the battle against sun damage, pollution, and dust

How SPF works:

  • SPF 15: blocks about 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30: blocks about 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 or 60 blocks about 99% of UVB rays
  • SPF 100: blocks about 100% of UVB ray

Sunscreens with SPF values of 50 and 60 are available nowadays. Selecting the best sunscreen for you is crucial because every kind has advantages and disadvantages. For instance, a lot of spray sunscreens are transparent and quickly sink into the skin; nevertheless, this characteristic can make it difficult to determine if you've missed any areas. Modern sunscreens not only protect you from the sun but also include elements that are good for your skin.

In addition to the importance of SPF in sunscreen, Light Up Beauty's Gold Rush sunscreen has SPF 60 PA ++++ with 1% Ceramide Complex and THD ascorbate, also known as Gold Standard Vitamin C, which also helps to reduce pigmentation and dark spots. Ceramides nourish and repair the skin's damaged barrier.

It is the only sunscreen in India that contains gold-standard vitamin C, which is a more stable form that penetrates deeper into the epidermal layer of your skin to shield it from UV radiation and reduce hyperpigmentation and black spots. Along with that, it leaves zero white casts and is a non-sticky formula, so it does not feel heavy or greasy on the skin. This formula also gets absorbed in just 3 seconds. It gives a dewy finish with a broad spectrum of protection, perfect for Indian weather and skin. 

When to apply sunscreen

The idea that sunscreen is unnecessary inside is a frequent misconception. Even if there is less UV exposure indoors, skin damage can still result from blue light exposure from devices like laptops, smartphones, and cameras. You can also shield your skin from such damage by using sunscreen. The idea that sunscreen is only necessary in sunny weather is another widespread misconception. This is completely untrue because there is still a risk of sun damage and a requirement for protection even on days when the sun does not feel as powerful as normal. Thus, even in the winter and on overcast, windy days, sunscreen is still recommended. 

When applying SPF 50 or 60 outside with UVA and UVB filters, it's crucial. However, since there is less UV exposure indoors, sunscreen with an SPF of 35 will still be effective. The idea that darker skin tones don't require sunscreen is another widespread misconception. This is completely untrue because skin tone has no bearing on sun protection. Here are some pointers for applying SPF.

  • Use sunscreen with excellent UV protection at all times.

  • Make sure you apply a substantial amount of sunscreen to your face and neck according to the three-finger rule.

  • 15 to 20 minutes before you leave the house or begin applying makeup, apply your sunscreen. 

  • Make sure to cover the entire face, neck, ears, and all the body parts that are exposed to sun damage.

  • Keep your sunscreen in a cool and dark place to ensure your sunscreen efficacy is not lost. 

  • Applying sunscreen again is also crucial. Put on sunscreen before you travel, and remember to reapply it every two to three hours.

  • When you're outside, shield your skin with hats, scarves, and sunglasses for more protection.

  • Remember to shield your lips from the sun. To prevent sun damage, apply lip balm with an SPF of 30 or above.

  • Keep in mind that there is no such thing as "too much SPF." thus, generously apply SPF.

    Also Read: Secret Of Glowing Skin

Gold Rush SPF 60 PA++++ Sunscreen:

If you are looking for a sunscreen with high performance and a broad spectrum, Gold Rush Vitamin C Sunscreen is an excellent choice and here’s why:

  • Broad Spectrum Protection: This sunscreen offers protection from both UVA & UVB rays, which reduces the risk of sunburn & skin cancer. 

  • Light Weight Formula: Gold Rush has a lightweight serum-like texture which does not feel heavy on the skin. 

  • Non-Sticky: Unlike traditional sunscreens, Gold Rush is non-sticky and non-greasy. It feels like nothing on the skin. 

  • Zero White Cast: Cheap sunscreens in the markets tend to leave a heavy white cast when applied, but this is not the case with the gold rush. It leaves zero white casts and gets absorbed in just 3 seconds. 

  • Water resistance: Gold Rush is 8 hours water and sweat-resistant and is perfect for the days beside the pool. 

  • Enriched with Antioxidants, It helps combat free radical damage, which causes premature ageing. 

How to apply:

  1. Cleanse your face with a face wash. 

  2. Use a good moisturizer to make your skin feel hydrated.

  3. Apply gold rush on your face, neck, ears and all over your body.

  4. Reapply every 3 to 4 hours.


To sum up, SPF is the best friend of every skin care regimen. Sunscreen is a must-have in your skincare regimen whether you're a teenager, in your mid-20s, or your late 30s. Selecting the appropriate sunscreen kind for your skin type is crucial. By being aware of the importance of SPF in sunscreen, choosing the best product for your skin type, using it liberally and frequently, and combining it with other forms of sun protection, you may dramatically lower your risk of skin cancer, premature ageing, and UV damage.

Chemical absorber sunscreens only last for around two hours, regardless of the SPF, and you should reapply them after swimming or perspiring. By choosing the right formulation for yourself, you can enjoy your vacation without any worry. Investing in a high-quality, water-resistant sunscreen not only gives you protection from sun damage outdoors but also under the water. 

The frequency of reapplication remains the same, regardless of the SPF level you select. India's first sunscreen, Light Up Beauty Gold Rush with SPF 60 PA ++++, contains 1% ceramides, which aid in the development and maintenance of skin barriers, and tetrahexyldecyl (THD) ascorbate, also known as the Gold Standard of Vitamin C. Therefore, pick your SPF wisely and use it often to attain healthy skin!