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S.P.F. = Skin, Party, and Fashion

Fashionistas partying at the S.P.F. Event at the Charleston Place Spa.
Fashionistas partying at the S.P.F. Event at the Charleston Place Spa.
ML Moreto

Fashionistas turned out on Thursday, May 15 to support the 7th annual “ I will Reflect” a fundraising event for skin cancer research at The Spa in Charleston Place.

The S in S.P.F is for skin. The Environmental Protection Agency’s website states: “in 2009, more than 1 million people were diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common of all cancers. About 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes.”

SPF is the acronym for sun protection factor. What do the SPF numbers on sun protection products really mean? The effect of a sunscreen's SPF number depends on your MED (minimal enteral dose). MED is defined as how long it takes the sunlight in a particular place on a practical day to turn your skin barely pink. The American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine lists approximate safe exposure times for different skin types using an SPF of 15 as:
Fair skin - 1.5 to 2 hours
Medium skin - 5 to 5.5 hours
Dark skin - all day
Higher SPF sunscreen numbers deliver diminishing returns. An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. Apply 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 20 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours after swimming or excessive sweating.
Reapplying sunscreen does not give you extended protection. It just restores the protection you had originally.

The P. in S.P.F. is for party. A rainy overcast day did not dampen the party’s festivities.
The pool area of the Spa provided an elegant and relaxed atmosphere and the food and wine is always excellent at Charleston Place. Party Dad provided music.

The F. in S.P.F. is for fashion. The evening ended with a swimwear fashion show narrated by Stacy Smallwood of Hampden Clothing. The swimwear was provided by Everything but Water and Tommy Bahama. Accessories were provided by local boutiques.