UVB where B stands for ‘Burning’
UVA where A stands for ‘Aging’
There are potential downsides to using products with very high SPFs.
First, above SPF 50 (which blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays), the increase in UVB protection is minimal. Second, although UVA protection is also important (UVA not only accelerates skin aging, but contributes to and may even initiate skin cancers), SPFs mainly measure UVB protection. Individuals applying high-SPF sunscreens may not burn (UVB is the chief cause of sunburn), but without UVA-screening ingredients they can still receive large amounts of skin-damaging radiation.
The importance of using both UVB and UVA protection cannot be emphasized enough. For consumers who really wish to know “how high should I go?” I (Dr Wang) suggest products with SPFs no lower than 30 and no higher than 50.
(Dr. Wang is director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Basking Ridge, NJ.
Dr. Wang is a member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee.)
• High SPF for more sun protection
• Strong, water resistant formula which retains its SPF up to 40 minutes after water activity
• Moisturizes skin to prolong your tan
• Safe and gentle enough for children
Everything seems better when the sun shines, but this ‘silver lining’ brings its own cloud! With today’s knowledge of the dangers of over-exposure to the sun, we seek only the highest quality sun protection products available.
Aloe Sunscreen provides just that! Combining modern science with natural ingredients, this effective sunscreen helps to soothe, lubricate, moisturize and protect the skin against sun damage. With an SPF of 30, Aloe Sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays, while this silky, smooth lotion made with pure stabilized Aloe Vera Gel, rich moisturizers and humectants, maintains the skin’s natural moisture balance.
Apply liberally to all exposed areas 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours.
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