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SUMMER SUNSCREEN TIPS

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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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.
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Here are a few tips when picking out your sunscreen. 
- Choose one with an SPF of 15 to 50.

- Look for a label that says broad spectrum, which helps protect against UVA and UVB rays.
    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

- REAPPLY.  Chances are you are getting burnt because you aren’t reapplying your lotion enough.

- Don’t forget to check the expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date lasts no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

- Last, but not least, don’t forget a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses. These will help keep your face out of direct sunlight, protect your skin from burning, and cover your eyes from harmful sun-rays
XO
katie

additional sources: www.ewg.org/sunscreen, www.aad.org, www.cdc.gov



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