Sunscreen: Everything You Need To Know

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SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the numbers refer to the amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected from ultraviolet (UV) B rays (which cause you to burn). In general, it takes about 25 minutes without sunscreen to start burning. For example, an SPF 15 product will prevent the skin from burning 15 times longer, given you between 2 and 3 hours with that application before you start burning. I recommend reapplying every 2 to 3 hours. With swimming and outdoor activities, I recommend an SPF of 30 or higher, water-resistant, and reapply as needed. For everyday use, I recommend at least an SPF 15.

I'm going to share something with you that most people don't know. A sunscreen with an SPF 15 blocks about 93% of the sun’s dangerous rays, but an SPF 30 isn’t DOUBLE the protection as many people assume. SPF 30 is just a few points higher and blocks about 96%. An SPF 45 blocks about 97%. I recommend at least an SPF 15 to all my clients to be applied daily.

Many people have sensitivity to chemicals and sunscreens such as PABA. I prefer mineral-based sunscreens made with zinc oxide and titanium oxide that block both UVA and UVB rays. Some of my favorites are: Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer SPF 30 and Suntegrity SPF30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body.

Sunscreen is very important everyday. There is something called incidental sun exposure that happens when you are driving or just running errands. The damaging rays can also be there when it is cloudy. 90% of premature aging comes from the sun, and sunscreen also lowers the risk of developing skin cancer.
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