You’ve seen me write in it several posts – but it is SO important to wear sunscreen. So, I thought I would share with you this awesome infographic explain the contents on a sunscreen bottle. Often times, we say “Oh, its 30+. Perfect,” but that might not always be the case. Here are some things to be aware of when scanning the sunscreen aisle looking for your perfect match:
|Did you know that companies can’t label the SPF value higher than 50? It’s because SPF’s of 50+ |
offer little additional coverage and instead, make you want to stay out in the hot sun even longer.
Here are a few tips when picking out your sunscreen.
a. Ultraviolet A (UVA) – penetrates the skin on a deeper level causing long term damage
b. Ultraviolet B (UVB) – known to cause sunburn
- Look for ingredients in the lotion like titanium dioxide, mexoryl SX or avobezone (3%) which have been proven by the FDA to help block UVA and UBA rays
additional sources:www.ewg.org/sunscreen, www.aad.org, www.cdc.gov