HEALTH + WELLNESS          LIFESTYLE          HOME + ENTERTAINING          BEAUTY          STYLE          TRAVEL          MEN          SHOP

What SPF Should You Use? 

By MoodMe
As the sun starts to shine brighter and we enter warmer months, we should all take a cue from the gorgeous JLO..."One of my secrets to keeping me looking as youthful as people like to say that I look, I believe, is from SPF 30 and using it every single day as my moisturizer. I've done it since I was in my early 20s without missing a day."

Let's agree to make SPF a part of our daily routine. But not just any SPF. Your skin tone will determine which level of SPF is best for you. 

What is SPF and why is it important?

The acronym SPF is short for Sun Protection Factor. It’s the benchmark for how strong your sunscreen blocks out harmful UVB rays. It’s always better to go for a sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” in an SPF 30, because it blocks out UVB AND UVA rays and works for most skin types. Look for avobenzone and zinc oxide in the ingredients list, to specifically protect from UVA rays.

A good sunscreen will block UVA and UVB rays, street pollutants, free radicals and blue light damage

That's why we recommend our favorite and highly rated sunscreen...

 JLo Beauty That Big Screen Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

What it is: A lightweight broad-spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer formulated with a hydrating blend of hyaluronic acid, natural sugars, and glycerin, designed to visibly plump and protect skin.

Skin Type: For all skin types. 

Skincare Concerns: Fine lines and wrinkles, Dryness, and Dullness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hydration Complex (Blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Natural Sugars): Plumps the look of skin.
- Licorice Root: A natural soother with a brightening effect.
- Marine Bamboo: A natural at protecting from high energy blue light.

What Else You Need to Know: A broad-spectrum SPF 30 in a luxurious, luminizing moisturizer powered by licorice root, a natural soother that provides a brightening effect. A curated blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and natural sugars also boosts hydration for a smoother, dewier, glowier complexion.

Common SPF Levels And Which One You Should Use

15 SPF
- Blocks 93% of sun’s rays
- Tan to dark skin will be okay with 15 - 30 SPF, because their melanin protects from UV rays.

30 SPF
- Blocks 97% of sun’s rays
- If you have pale skin, light eyes, light hair, freckles, or moles, this is the bare minimum SPF you should have. 50 SPF is still better for you.
- If you use retinol, chemical exfoliators,’ll want to wear SPF 30 every day. These products leave your skin more vulnerable to UVA rays.

50 SPF
- Blocks 98% of sun’s rays
- If you burn easily or are often in the sun, go for this level.
- This is the recommended normal level for paler skin.

Any amount over 50 SPF
- Not recommended because it only offers marginally more coverage, not full.
- Still left vulnerable to UVA radiation
- 100 SPF, in theory has double 50 SPF (98%), but it only blocks 98.5%
- In 2011, the FDA called SPF over 50 “inherently misleading”

For Particular Skin Types

Acne or Oil Prone Skin: “non-comedogenic” sunscreens won’t block your pores

Dry Skin: moisturizers with sunscreen or ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides

Sensitive Skin: physical or mineral sunscreen (containing zinc oxide & titanium dioxide)

Don’t forget to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours. If you are going in to the water or heavily sweating re-apply every hour if possible.

Now That's A Mood: Fun In The Sun

At MoodMe, we love the sun! But we also love our skin and want to take care of it as much as possible. And luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by incorporating a few key items.  Our top pick for daily SPF, is of course, JLo Beauty That Big Screen Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. 
We want you to maximize your SPF power with these two additional 'Fun In The Sun' picks...

JOOWEN Unisex Knitted Textured Baseball Cap

The cutest baseball cap to use daily. Comes in a variety of colors and it's made of knitted textured fabric, soft & comfy to wear. Not only sun shading as a cap, but also providing warmth on those colder mornings. 

This will quickly become your go-to hat for wherever you go.

That Limitless Glow in a Multitasking Face Mask

After a long day of exposing our skin to pollution, sun, dirt, sweat, blue light and more, use this AMAZING mask to bring your skin back to balance. 

Custom-designed for JLo herself to visibly tighten and lift, this 2-piece mask is infused with 1 ounce of That Jlo Glow in a Multitasking Serum to deliver deep hydration, luminous brightness and supernova-level glow.

The best mask you will ever use for reversing the daily wear and tear that our skin goes through.

Learn More >

The MoodMe Newsletter

Sign up below to receive our weekly newsletter, get access to premium articles, e-magazines, sales, member-only shopping, and more.

Connect With MoodMe