Not All Sunscreens are Created Equal!

Not All Sunscreens are Created Equal!

So often I have a client back from their tropical vacation sunburnt and confused as to why. “I used my sunscreen the entire time why did I get so much sun?”

I will try to keep it simple…

*Remember that there are two types of rays UVB are the burning and cancer causing rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper in the dermis and cause aging as well as suppression of the immune system.

*Choose your sunscreen wisely as they are not all created equal. Make  sure it is a Broad Spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB) containing a zinc or titanium dioxide. It may also contain a chemical block such as avobenzone or oxybenzone.

*Apply 15 minutes before exposure to sun and reapply every two hours. If swimming or sweating consider using a water resistant sunscreen.

*SPF (sun protection factor) is not stressed as much as it used to be. Ideally 30-50 SPF is sufficient as long as it is a broad spectrum protection.

*Last but certainly not least, most people simply just do not use the correct amount of sunscreen. It is recommended to use 1 ounce (shot glass) for average size full body application and 1/4 teaspoon for face and neck application.

I hope I kept that simple enough but if you have further questions, please feel free to call we will be happy to advise you.

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