The sunscreen aisle can be a confusing place. With every brand competing for your attention with different health claims about sun protection, it’s hard to know what’s right for you. And when you venture into the world of sun-safe hair care products, it gets even trickier. No need to worry, here at Nios Shield we’ve got your back. Or scalp. Whatever 😉
So you’re probably asking yourself what’s the difference between SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and UV protection and why should you care? Well, products can claim their product has UV protection when it may have little to none. UV protection is more of a general term indicating that there is some protection from harmful rays, but the exact amount isn’t specified. For a product to label itself with SPF it must pass the regulation trials to prove its ability.
SPF is the measurement of a product’s ability to block out UVB rays, which are the causes of sunburn and skin cancer. It measures the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting burnt. If you wear a product with SPF 15, you would be able to stay in the sun for 15 times longer than you would be able to with nothing on your skin. In contrast, a product claiming to have UV protection gives the wearer protection but the amount of time you are protected is unknown – it is often in the range of 0.5 SPF. Now, you’d probably never put 0.5 SPF on your skin, so why put it on your hair? Ahem, that’s the reason Nios Shield came to be in the first place!
Another misconception surrounding SPF is the number. A consumer browsing for sun protection may think a product with SPF 30 has twice the protection of a product labeled SPF 15, but that just isn’t the case. An SPF of 15 blocks about 94% of the sun’s UVB rays while a product labeled SPF 30 blocks about 97%, just 3% more.
Thanks for reading, we hope this article helped to shed some light on the myths surrounding sunscreen!