Are you wondering what does SPF mean? The initials SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF number on sunscreen, the more protection you have, or the longer you can stay in the sun without burning.
You may note that any product that carries an SPF claim will have a list of "active ingredients" - those are the ingredients that give the product it's sun protection - it doesn't mean those are the only "active" ingredients - in that they don't do anything.
The SPF number tells you how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned. If you normally start to burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 15 product will let you stay in the sun for approximately 15 times longer (or 3 1/2 hours) without burning.
SPF sunscreen numbers indicate sunburn protection from UVB rays only. There is not a rating system for UVA.
Skin damage is caused buy both UVA and UVB exposure. Sunlight exposes you to two kinds of ultraviolet light, called UVA and UVB. Both can cause skin damage, including wrinkling and skin cancer.
Exposure to UVB rays has an immediate (within 60 seconds) and harmful effect to the skin.
You don’t feel or notice UVA exposure but it is the main cause of skin cancer and wrinkles, one of the main reasons why sunscreen is important.
To ensure protection from UVA rays your sunscreen should be labeled “Broad Spectrum” and contain at least one of these ingredients:
Avobenzone (also known as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane)
Helioplex (Is the Neutrogena blend of Avobenzone and Oxybenzone)
15 + 15 does not equal 30 – Layering SPF products does not increase the total number or the effectiveness.
Drs. Christiaan Janssens
Tightlining, a technique once only used by hardcore makeup mavens, is becoming more and more of a beauty trend as more companies are producing products for tightlining.
Tightlinig is an eye lining technique where eyeliner is applied into the lash line and in the area where the eyelid becomes the eye. The trick to a perfect tightline is to darken the lash line without getting liner in the ‘wetline” where the eye membrane starts.
The benefit of Tightlining is that it emphasizes the eyes without looking overly made up because it darkens the lash line. You can tightline on either the upper or lower lid or both and you can use eyeliner like you normally would along with your tightliner.
How to Tightline
To tightline the eye, apply the eyeliner right to the lash line. Many recommend even pushing it down into the line or even making little dots in between the lashes. You want to avoid the wetline - it can irritate your eye - if you get some on that area blot it off with a Q-tip. The 2 keys to getting a perfect tightline are practice and the right product. Because it is so close to the eye, you need a waterproof eyeliner. You can use a waterproof gel, liquid, powder or pencil.
False eyelashes are a fun way to enhance your eyes, and not as tricky to apply as one might assume. For a special occasion or just for fun, these embellishments add intrigue to already beautiful eyes. Add a couple to the outer edges of the eyes for a subtle look, or across the entire eye for bold drama - either way, you will create a more feminine eye.
Practice applying lashes prior to event or occasion if you're inexperienced.