Does anyone else freeze up at the endless selections available on the sunscreen isle at the grocery store? Seriously…why
can’t the cookie isle have this many choices? It’s overwhelming. I’m standing there looking at 75 feet of options and the following commentary running in my mind:
- Should I get 15, 30, or 9000 SPF?
- Should I get different products for my face & body?
- Do I need a lotion or spray?
- What about the kids? Which product won’t cause them to cry either because of the ingredients or the smell?
- Is there a difference between sunscreen and sun tan lotion?
- Life was simpler (albeit much more dangerous) years ago when I sprayed on baby oil…
- Why do fools fall in love? OOPs so sorry, I digress!
You get the point! The huge array of sunscreen products out there make choices overwhelming and more than a little confusing.
So with beach-time and summer upon us again I began my quest of the “Ins and outs” of sunscreen. So without overloading you with details, here are some fun facts that I did learn!
- Credit Aussie Milton Blake with inventing sunscreen. Click here for the riveting tale.
- Did you know there’s a difference between sunscreen and sunblock? Well there is! While we tend to use the two terms interchangeably, the two products should be used for entirely different su protection purposes.
- Sunscreen filters (or screens) the sun’s harmful UV rays but still allows some of the sun rays to penetrate the skin.
- Sunblock, reflects the suns rays when its applied and thus blocks out damaging UV rays.
- SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it’s an indicator of how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned while wearing that sunscreen. (IE. if it takes you 15 minutes to burn without wearing sunscreen and you apply an SPF 10, it will take you 10 times longer to burn or 2.5 hours.)
- The higher the SPF number does not indicate better sun protection. It indicates that you will be protected in the sun for a longer amount of time. For example, SPF2 will protect your skin just as effectively as SPF30. However, an SPF2 will need to be applied more frequently.
- Broad-Spectrum Protection
- There are two types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB rays.
- Currently, all sunscreens contain UVB protection, which shields the skin against cancer-causing sunburns. But not all sunscreens are required to have UVA protection, which protects against both skin cancer and aging.
- UVB is what causes a sunburn; UVA doesn’t sunburn you. New sunscreen labels can only claim that they offer “broad spectrum protection” if they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
- SPF only protects against UBV rays and not UVA so getting a sun screen with Broad Spectrum gives you better protection.
Get a broad-spectrum sun screen with at least 15 SPF or higher. Wearing a higher sunscreen SPF does NOT mean you can
spend all day in the sun without reapplication. You can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day. Since up to 90% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds. It’s a good idea to apply sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather and especially at the beach!
Once last piece of advice for all sun worshipers out there…..don’t apply oil to your skin and go sit in the sun… you will most definitely look like this:
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Happy Summer everyone!