Hydrate and Protect
Whether you're heading to the shore, hanging by the pool, or driving in your car, it's imperative to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB Rays. Find out what broad spectrum SPF is best for you and accommodates your skin and lifestyle needs. Our selection of sunscreens will protect and preserve your skin for the long hall so you will LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN.
☀You're probably wondering...
-What is the difference between UVA and UVB?
The term SPF, or sun protection factor, measures the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays that reach the skin. UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays. These UV rays can damage and prematurely age our skin by enhancing the breakdown of collagen, leading to more lines and wrinkles, increased hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and the breakdown of DNA increasing our chances of skin cancer without the proper sun protection. Ultra Violet B Rays penetrate through the skin's surface and are the chief culprit behind a sunburn. While Ultra Violet A Rays penetrate more deeply through the Epidermal and Dermal layers of the skin, causing plenty of damage without the appearance of a sunburn. UVA rays are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, photo-aging and skin cancer. By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays are still penetrating through the skin. This is why choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential in protecting you against both UVB and UVA rays.
-Do you get more protection with a higher SPF?
Dermatologists and Aestheticians typically recommend an SPF of at least 30 every day for both indoor and outdoor activity. While an SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% and an SPF of 50 blocks 98%. Going higher than a SPF 50 doesn’t increase your protection by any significant amount. As long as you are using an SPF of at least 30 daily, you’re good to go. In fact, the higher the SPF, the more likely people are to neglect reapplying their sunscreen after several hours in the sun, believing that they are protected for longer because of that high number on the bottle. No sunscreen, regardless of strength should be expected to stay effective longer than two hours without reapplication. This can lead to sunburn, blistering and when practiced routinely a precursor to the regular occurrence of skin cancer.
-What ingredients should I look for when choosing the proper sun protection?
Whether you are looking for an SPF for everyday or outdoor activities that require a higher SPF and are water and sweat resistant, how much sun exposure you are anticipating will determine what ingredients to look for when choosing the proper sun protection. Your sunscreen should include at least 3 of the following ingredients for UVB and UVA protection. PABA derivatives, salicylates, octylmethoxycinnamate and cinoxate help to absorb UVB rays, while oxybenzone and sulisobenzone help to protect from shorter wavelength UVA rays. The remaining and most important ingredients to look for are avobenzone, Mexoryl, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which will give you the best protection against the longer UVA spectrum. Also look for The Skin Cancer Foundation's seal of approval which guarantees that sunscreen meets the highest standards for safety and effectiveness.
-Should I wear sunscreen everyday even if it is not sunny?
A broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be a staple in your daily skincare regimen. No matter your age, season, time of day or type of weather, UV rays penetrate clouds and reflect off the snow. Up to 40% of the sun's ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day, so don’t be fooled into thinking that just because it’s raining or cloudy or even the dead of winter that you don’t need to apply an SPF.
So at the end of the day, most importantly, you should not rely on sunscreen alone for protection against UV rays, it's just one vital part of complete sun protection. 80% of our sun exposure happened as a child. Being smart about sun protection no matter what age, and following sun prevention guidelines can lower your risk of developing skin cancer, as well as the unpleasant side effects caused by too much UV exposure, helping your skin look younger, longer. Stop in today and check our favorite broad spectrum sunscreens so you can make them yours!