So, what is SPF?
SPF– stands for Sun Protection Factor
Even people with dark skin to dark tan skin can have sunlight damage to their skin. If you are going to be out in the sun, even just to drop your kids to school or pick them up you need to protect yourself with sun block.
Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer suffered by people. This is maddening to many medical professionals because preventing skin cancer is not only possible, it is simple. When you are going to be outside for a significant amount of time, you should wear sun screen or sun block. For those of you who don’t have much hair, a hat is advisable as well.
As you might know, not all sun protection lotions are created equally. There are a number of factors such as ingredients and how much protection it provides you.
How to Measure the right protection for you…
- Fair Skin 10 minutes to burn
- Olive Skin 15 minutes to get color
- Dark Skin 20 minutes to get color
If you have Fair Skin and it takes you 10 minutes to burn and using a SPF20 10min x SPF20 = 200min
Result: Someone with fair skin who usually starts burning within 10min of being in sun SPF20 is ideal will help them stay in sun for up to 3 1/2hrs without getting burned. But American and European agencies test with temperate sun strength, which is obviously much weaker than the concentrated sunlight present near the equator. When traveling to places closer to the Equator or during the summer SPF number should be considered. Also sweating and going in water is another factor.
What are the most important ingredients to look for in sunblock lotion.
You sunblock should contain at least 2 or more of the following ingredients;
Zinc Oxide, Titanium, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone .
Make sure it does not contain any Para Amino Benzoic Acid, or PABA, fragrance, and oil free.
Each day, I meet women in there mid-30’s to late 60’s and I can’t believe the sun damage on their skin usually more damage on the left side of the face. The color off your skin has nothing to do with sun damage. If you plan on being in the sun for long hours also wear hat with your sunblock. Personally, I have very sensitive skin and couldn’t wear many sunblocks because it would often cause rash on my skin. After trying many sunblocks here is a breakdown of some of my favorites.
Here is a great site to help answer any of your questions about skin care issues and some other great products for skin care as well.