Don't have an account? To participate in discussions consider signing up or signing in
facebook connect
Sign-up, its free! Close [x]

Benefits

  • okay Create lasting relationships with other like minded women.
  • okay Blogging, let your voice be heard!
  • okay Interact with other women through blogs,questions and groups.
  • okay Photo Album, upload your most recent vacation pictures.
  • okay Contests, Free weekly prize drawing.
  • okay Weekly Newsletter.

+4
Love it

Sunscreen SPF 100+ what???

If you have shopped for sunscreen lately you probably saw everything from SPF 15 to SPF 100. American SPF numbers are double the SPF numbers on European products. An American SPF 20 sunscreen is the same as SPF 10 in Europe. It is really getting confusing. One would automatically assume that SPF 30 is twice as protective as SPF 15 and that SPF 80 or 100 would be the best. But it is not really that simple. Let me enlighten you.

The SPF indicates the time a person with sunscreen applied can be exposed to sunlight before getting sunburn relative to the time a person without sunscreen can be exposed. This is usually 20 minutes in spring, without any sunscreen. On any day, someone who would burn after 12 minutes in the sun would expect to burn after 120 minutes if protected by a sunscreen with SPF 10.

Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeper skin damage. Finding a sunscreen that adequately protects against UVA rays is much harder, but just as important. UVA radiation reaches deeper into the skin and contributes to wrinkles and skin cancer risk. Some products labeled “broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection” do not provide good protection against UVA rays. The best UVA protection is provided by products that contain zinc oxide, avobenzone, and ecamsule. Titanium dioxide gives good protection, but does not completely cover the entire UV-A spectrum, as recent research suggests that zinc oxide is superior to titanium dioxide.

The MOST important factor is using a sunscreen and using it correctly. Limit time in the sun, wear protective clothing and wide brim hats, apply at least one ounce (shot glass) of sunscreen, and reapply sunscreen at a minimum of every two hours, especially after swimming or perspiring.

Original post at [Link Removed] 


Bloggermom, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.

+4
Love it


  •  

Member Comments

    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Kmarie wrote May 24, 2009
    • Thank you i really did not know this. I do use sunscreen spf 45 to 50 I was thinking of going up  to 70 to 100 now I know that i will



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote May 24, 2009
    • Dr. Karam, who is our very own Fab40 expert recommends the following:

      Clinique makes a nice sun screen called City Block. You can put this on all the time.
      Obagimakes a good line of sun screens as well.. but you need to get this at a doctors office.  

      For heavier sun or with water sports... you can order Presunfrom Sun Precautions online.  

      See more on this topic within his blog:

      http://fabulously40.com/blog/id/how-to-prevent-skin-cancer-9078

      I personally use LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS XL 50+ SPF60 FLUIDE EXTREME (PACK OF TWO) and have gotten everyone in my family and  friends hooked on. I didn't know they have anything higher than 50SPF, I'll have to check it out. The beauty of this particular product is that it gives me the cream, the tint and the sun block all in one. I use it even at night when going out as a foundation.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Deb B wrote May 24, 2009
    • I love “Blue Lizard” ava1lable in most drug stores. I have oily/normal & dry skin depending on season, diet, etc... This product is reasonably priced and does not have a greasy feel to it.
      Also I read that SPF 15 gives 98-99% coverage. 45 SPF offers complete blockage when applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure also with reapplications.
      Anything higher that is more costly is a waste of money.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Monika Morris wrote May 25, 2009
    • Deb you are right, that  is the point I was trying to make...that the higher the SPF does not mean it is better.  Absolutely you are right that to be effective you need you need to put on enough sun screen (1 oz) and it needs to be on 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplied every 2 hours or more.

      Moni



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Deb B wrote May 25, 2009
    • It’s amazing how much we as consumers will buy into “the idea” that we are protecting ourselves without questioning or investigating.

      I also find it interesting that many people will do more to protect their children than do anything for themselves...which ultimately is not good for their kids.
      I observed this at the Target sunscreen display last week. There was a Mom, a grandmother and they had a child in the cart.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Deb Darby wrote May 28, 2009
    • Thanks for this Bloggermom. Any suggestions of a brand? I hope you‘re feeling better.

       Thanks for your suggestions, too Yana. Happy summer everyone!



            Report  Reply


About this author View Blog » 
author