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Why SPF 15 seems to be the magic number.
Sweet Fifteen Why SPF 15 seems to be the magic number.

Living in a tropical country, sunblock application is an absolute must to protect skin from the harmful UV rays. With an established link between sun damage and the skin aging process, we cannot help but wonder why several of our go-to anti-aging creams, serums, and powders remain in the SPF 15 range.

According to Dr. Paolo Giacomoni, Executive Director of Clinique Research and Development, “there is no harmless amount of sun exposure. Even small amounts of UV exposure contribute to photo-aging, alterations in the immune system, and possibly skin cancer.”

Dermatologist Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo of The Skin and Laser Clinic suggests SPF 30 for everyday use and at least an SPF 50 for extreme exposure, like outdoor sports.

But don't rush to get rid of your SPF 15 products just yet, as Dr. Aivee adds, “You may layer on another product with higher SPF. Just apply the product with the highest SPF as the final layer.”

Click on to read more tips on maximizing the benefits of your SPF 15 products.

—Reggie Aquino, Beauty Assistant