Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Golden Rules of SPF

I LOVE being out in the sun and having that summer glow!  But, I must admit, I'm not always the best at applying sunscreen, so I thought I would share a few helpful tips I recently came across...

SPF, what???
Terminology on sunscreen labels can be so confusing.  SPF actually isn’t an ingredient in sunblock or sunscreen, it stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a number that indicates how well a product blocks UVB rays.

SPF 15 was once the standard dermatologist recommendation for daily sunscreen, but now many doctors say SPF 30 is the new 15.  Although no sunscreen shields you from 100% of UV light, SPF 30 offers 96.5%  protection versus SPF 15's 93.5% -- and more protection (even just 3 percent) is always better for glowing skin!

Sunscreen up!
  • 365 days a year.  UVB rays (they burn you) peak in June, but UVA rays (they age you) stay constant year-round.
  • Rain or shine. 40% of UV rays penetrate skin on cloudy days.
  • At least every 90 minutes when outdoors; immediately after a swim.
  • 30 minutes before going outside, to allow ingredients to activate.
  • Wear SPF 30 with broad-spectrum UVA/ UVB protection - apply to your face, neck and hands every single day and smother it onto your body when you are going to be outdoors in the sun.

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