What's In My Lotion?
Get to know SPF, Glycerin, and more!
Lotion is an essential product in a woman’s skincare regimen. It gives our skin the moisture it needs to look young, smooth, and vibrant. But have you ever thought about your lotion’s ingredients and what they do for the skin? We list down and explain what these five ingredients that can be found in a lotion have to offer.

1. SPF

Okay, let’s face it. Although we see these three letters on sunscreen bottles, some of us don’t really know what they mean. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF is a “measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.” Basically, SPF’s function is to block UVB rays that cause sunburn. So how does SPF protect the skin? In an article on WebMD, dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD said that “an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.”

2. Glycerin

Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a compound that’s often used as a medical treatment for dry skin. Glycerin helps maintain the skin’s water balance, resulting into soft, supple, and glowing complexion.

3. PA

This refers to the amount of protection from the UVA rays. While SPF is for UVB rays that burn the skin, PA is for UVA rays that enter the skin deeply, and can cause signs of photo aging. The rankings range from PA+ to PA+++. The more plus signs there are, the more protection you’ll have against UVA rays.

4. Micro-reflectors

Present in whitening lotions, micro-reflectors essentially reflect light. It functions like a luminizer, giving the skin a brighter, healthier, and more radiant appearance.

5. Niacinamide

Niacin or Vitamin B3, is an important nutrient for a healthy body. When it is combined with amino acids of another molecule, it produces niacinamide. Using products with niacinamide can reduce wrinkles, prevent breakouts, among others.