With sun damage and the risk of melanoma being so high in Australia, there have been a lot of questions regarding our seemingly low level of SPF. The truth is, what you see is not always what you get – in this case, it’s better. Our sunscreen products are customised for our Australian consumers based on the regulatory landscape in Australia and are labelled according to Australian regulatory guidelines so, under the Therapeutic Goods Act, the SPF can only be labelled 15 even though the formulation is the same as the United States.
All Rodan + Fields sunscreens have been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. This designation is only granted to sun protection products that meet stringent criteria and provide scientific data to demonstrate that the product sufficiently and safely aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.
So what do the numbers actually mean?
SPF 15 creates an effective sunscreen to help protect your skin from potential sun damage, filtering approximately 93% of UV rays. No sunscreen can block out 100% of UV rays, hence, no one on the market can sell sunblock. SPF 30 filters approximately 97% of UV rays, while SPF 50+ filters approximately 98% of UV rays. When you look at it another way, SPF 50 does give you almost double the protection compared to SPF 30 and triple the protection compared to SPF 15 making Reverse the strongest of all the sunscreens at SPF 50.
If you would like to apply a higher SPF in addition to your Rodan + Fields Regimen, you may do so as an incremental step, which should not interfere with your results. Nonetheless, the best protection is achieved through frequent reapplication (approximately every 2 hours), wearing protective clothing and avoiding sun exposure.
How do I know which one to use?
It really depends on the regimen recommended through our Solution Tool. Thankfully, the last step in every regimen contains SPF protection. #winning
People with sensitive skin need to be especially diligent because sun exposure can trigger sensitive skin. SOOTHE Calming Lotion contains only mineral-based sunscreen ingredients (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) that deflect the sun’s rays, keeping the skin’s surface cooler to minimize the appearance of facial redness. Additionally, by deflecting the sun’s rays, fewer free radicals are generated/formed, which is another trigger those with sensitive skin should avoid.
SOOTHE Calming Lotion SPF 15 is a lightweight formula free of chemical sunscreens, fragrances, dyes or alcohol that can irritate sensitive skin. It conditions skin with panthenol and glycerin, helps protect the skin’s natural barrier and provides antioxidant benefits with vitamin E and licorice root extract.
Skincare tip: SOOTHE Calming Lotion thickens as it rests in the bottle. When shaken, its fluidity is restored for ease of dispensing and application.
REVERSE Shield Brightening Lotion SPF 15 contains SHIELDRF Technology, our exclusive complex of stabilised Avobenzone and colourless carotenoids, to provide SPF protection in an aesthetically elegant formulation. Vitamin E and Green Tea nourish skin, while Licorice and Mulberry help to brighten dull skin.
REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment is a moisturising treatment with SPF 15 protection, which contains powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firm skin. SHIELDRF sunscreen technology contains an exclusive complex of stabilised Avobenzone and colourless carotenoids to provide SPF protection. Optical brighteners minimise the appearance of skin flaws, while skin conditioning ingredients provide moisturisation.
In addition to this, our Lip Shield effectively protects our smackers from harmful UVA rays with SHIELDRF, our exclusive complex of Avobenzone and colourless carotenoids. ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 15 moisturises lips with shea butter, avocado and flower seed oil while providing moderate sun protection. This anti-ageing lip balm also contains Dimethicone to condition the lips’ delicate, natural moisture barrier and Vitamins C and E to nourish your skin and leave you with soft, smooth, healthy-looking lips. It’s the bomb! Best of all, it comes in packs of 2 so you can share one with a friend or family member – unless you prefer to keep both for yourself. ;P
How much sunscreen do I need?
It depends on who you ask but as a rule of thumb, I like to use ½ tsp on my face and neck. According to the Australian Cancer Council, this ½ tsp also includes the head which is especially relevant if you have a shaved head or bald patches.
However, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends 1 tsp for the face and scalp so I would say to use accordingly depending on your situation and location and don’t forget the ears, back of the neck or décolletage.
On a side note, did you know a smartphone held at close range increases UV exposure by 36 percent? These results point to a new area of concern for our tech-savvy generation, however, further research is needed to measure any increased skin cancer risks.