Allure Magazine beauty editors talk SPF mistakes we’re (almost) all making

Memorial Day kicked off the unofficial start of summer this weekend, meaning BBQs, picnics and beach time. And thank god. After such a long, harsh winter, we’re all jonesing for some vitamin D.

But with all the therapeutic effects of the summer sun, it does also pose some pretty serious health (and beauty) risks. Perri Peltz spoke with Allure Magazine Beauty editors Elizabeth Siegel and Sophie Panych about where we’ve gone astray with our skin protection, and how we can get back on course.

“One of the most common misconceptions is that there’s no difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50,” Siegel said. But because of the FDA recommendations, that’s actually not the case. In fact, the FDA recommends you apply so much SPF that it’s basically impossible, which is where the higher SPF can help. In the clip below, she explains how you can protect your skin from the sun, with a simple SPF 101 tutorial so you can make educated decisions this summer.

And what about SPF sprays vs. lotions? According to Sophie Panych, the formula of the sprays is the same but the application is not. In the clip below she explains how, if you are going to use the spray SPF, you should apply it for maximum protection.

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