Nourish and shield your skin from the sun and environment with this antioxidant-infused, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free radical fighting organic rose hip extract delivers essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamin C. Organic evening primrose and linseed oils, rich in omegas-3 and 6 calms, tones, hydrates and reduces redness.
- Includes organic safflower that is rich in moisturizing vitamin E
- Organic shea butter, high in vitamins A and F smoothes
- Hypoallergenic, and water resistant (for up to 40 minutes)
- Paraben free, and ultra sheer
- No nano-sized particles
Seek skin refuge
Unless you live in a cave, exposure to the sun is inevitable. But you can take precautions and protect you and your loved ones from sun damage.
- Generously apply a water-resistant sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun each day. Reapply every 2 hours if you're in direct sun. A sufficient amount for your entire body is 1 ounce, or about 2 tablespoons.
- Don't forget those kissable lips, be sure to use a lip balm that's SPF 15 or higher.
- Cover up! Use a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirt or pants. Don't be shy, fashion comes second here.
- Seek shade between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's burning rays are strongest. And don't worry, no one will think you're a wimp.
- Use extra caution near the water, sand and snow as they can reflect and strengthen the sun's rays. Can you say double ouch?
- You may claim the Vitamin D defense when sunbathing. But you can still get Vitamin D safely through diet and supplements without putting your skin at risk.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should only be used on babies over the age of 6 months.
- Examine your skin from head to toe every month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam. Early detection is best.
UVA + UVB: the long and short of it
The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). Basically, UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burn us. Overexposure to either can damage the skin. There's also a third type of ray, UVC - these are the shortest and strongest, but thankfully they're absorbed by the ozone layer and don't typically reach the Earth.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin's thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and suppression of the immune system. And when your skin's defenses are down, you're at risk for skin cancer.
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PM being the peak hours. Sunburned skin doesn't just feel awful, it can cause permanent damage over time.
This is why keeping your skin protected is imperative. The next question is what type and level of SPF to use, and what's the difference between sunscreen and sunblock anyway?
The SPF scoop
SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays.
SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person who might typically burn after 10 minutes in the sun puts on SPF 2, they have double that time before a sunburn, so 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for a sunburn to occur.
Keep in mind though, the increase from 20 to 45 level SPF provides only 2.8% more UV protection.
Give your spf a big squeeze
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths each year.
1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. A person's risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. So love your SPF, it could save your life.