Posted: Aug 07 2017
Whether you are at the beach, the pool or gardening in your backyard, you need to protect your skin from the sun. Lets test your sun protection knowledge below:
What is SPF:
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. For example, a sunscreen with SPF 15 will delay the onset of sunburn to 150 minutes in a person who would otherwise burn in 10 minutes.
How much SPF to wear:
SPF 30 will block 96% of UVB rays. In contrast, SPF 50 may only block another 1%. Don't fall for marketing tactics that say you need at least SPF 50 to prevent sunburn. Be sure to apply 20 minutes before going out-doors, and then reapply it every two hours and after sweating or swimming.
Should I buy lotion, spray or pump?
Most sun protection products contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Research has show that those two ingredients can be harmful if inhaled. We recommend lotion sun products.
Do UV rays from sunlight cause skin damage:
Sunlight accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Without protection from the sun's rays, daily exposure over time can cause noticeable changes to the skin including freckles, age spots, broken capillaries, rough and leathery skin, fine wrinkles, loose skin, a blotchy complexion and skin cancer.