what means the SPF

What does the SPF of sun protection really mean?


„SPF50+ no wonder that you don’t get tainted“ I have heard this statement numerous times. It seems like that there is a lot of unclarity about the SPF among you my Aviators 😉 Welcome aboard my blog! In this article I explain you what the SPF means. I tried an outdoor activity I have not done before and I was surprised how much it actually has to do with aviation. 

Outdoors in the sun

It is summer in Europe and the sunlight is really aggressive and can harm your health easily. Also in Germany! That’s why it is absolutely mandatory to use suncare to protect yourself from the damaging UV-A and UV-B and the high-energy visible (HEVIS) light. A big mistake: Don’t underestimate the intensity of the sunlight. You should not only protect yourself when outdoors in the sunny but also when you spend time in the shade. I was p

Playing golf for the very first time

I am always open to try new activities. When Eucerin and the magazine Golf’n’Style asked me if I wanted to play golf I was not really sure if I would enjoy it that much. There are definitely other activities I would prefer to try out but I am not the person who judges quickly. I thought I would give it a try since I liked to play mini-golf as a teenager. So without any expectations I drove to the Fleesensee which is a 2 hours drive north of Berlin.  The golf course is located on the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte which is a famous region in Germany to spend your free time and holidays.

The weather on that day was on point. Sunny with a light breeze. 100% suncare weather. Last time I had a club in my hand is years ago. So I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to show a good performance to you and my golf coach. I twas not just any golf coach, it was Sven Strüver, a campion and famous in the golf circuit. This fact and that I recorded a YouTube video of my day at Golf Fleesensee did not really help me.

My first hole on a golf course

Before going on the golf course to play the first hole, we started practising on the driving range. I placed the first golf ball on the tee. Sven corrected my posture, told me where to look at and how to swing the club. Without thinking too much I gave it a try. I hit the golf ball and it took off the ground and it flew for a while until it landed back in the green grass. Beginners luck! After some more time on the driving range Sven said you are ready for your first hole. He seemed to be quite impressed by my performance.

Check out my YouTube video to watch me playing my first ever hole.

What does the SPF really mean?

The comments below one of my recent posts about sun protection on my Instagram channel shocked me. I had to read a lot of false statements about the Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Ready for the simple answer?

It tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product versus the amount of time without any suncare. So ideally, with SPF 50 it would take you 50 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. Contrary to some assumptions the SPF rather states the length of the protection and not the intensity. It’s important to apply the product thoroughly (be careful not to miss any bits) and to reapply it generously every two hours.

Eucerin Sun protection is available in three different levels of protection: high (30 to 50) and very high (50+).

The sunlight is not always our best friend. I am proud to be a sun protection ambassador to reduce the sun-induced skin damages of my Aviators!

The new revolutionary suncare

As you know I am a big fan of the Eucerin Oil Control Sun Face Gel-creme because of the anti-shine effect and the ultra light texture. So far the Oil Control was only available for the face, now Eucerin launched this product for the body as well. Eucerin revolutionizes the market with the Eucerin Oil Control Sun Dry Touch Body Gel-Cream .

Key properties: ultra light texture, absorbs quickly, non-greasy, non sticky, 0% residue, extra water-resistant, sweat-resistant, anti-sand, lightly-fragranced

Sun Gel-Cream Dry Touch Sensitive Protect

The days are over that the sunscreen leaves residues and you look like a white ghost after applying it. As pleasant to use as it is effective, this ultra-light gel cream sunscreen absorbs quickly leaving 0% residue and an immediate dry touch finish. It offers superior protection for all skin types.

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers high UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense. The sunscreen also supports skin’s own DNA repair mechanism and its Oil Control Technology, with mattifying pigments, leaves an immediate dry touch finish on skin. It’s clinically and dermatologically proven to be suitable for all skin types including sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin.

What does anti-sand mean?

Anti-sand means that sand is less likely to stick to your skin when using this product. In consumer research, 95% of respondents agreed that sand did not stick to their skin after application. This is because Eucerin Sun Gel-Cream Dry Touch Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ is an ultra-light formula which absorbs quickly and is non-sticky and non-greasy.

How is aviation connected to golf?

My gold coach Sven Strüver noted that it was perfect weather to play golf. He said it is sailing weather thus the golf ball will fly forever. It not only depends on how hard and fast you hit the golf ball with the club but the weather conditions play an important role on the performance as well. Like in aviation, the flight path is dependent on air density, air pressure and humidity. Hotter air means less air density and drier air means less humidity which means the golf ball is exposed to less resistance during the flight. The same applies to the flight performance of a plane. You also have to take into account the wind speed and direct when you plan to reach the flag. A lead angle is required into the wind which is identical to flying a plane to a specific point.

What was your worse sunburn you ever had? Let me know your painful story in a comment below and don’t forget to like my blog post: “What does the SPF of sun protection really mean? To avoid a sunburn in the future: Make sure to apply enough sun protection. Think of the size of a golf ball. This is the quantity you need to cover your entire body.

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick