Current truths about sunscreen and skincare
Sunscreen is crucial to a skincare regimen. It protects against premature skin aging and skin cancer. And if you’re an AngelLift user, wearing the proper sunblock protects your wrinkle reduction results. But what do you need to look for when buying sunscreen or sunblock? According to WebMD, the SPF number on you read on sunscreens can be confusing to the consumer. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it refers to the approximate length of time a person can spend out in open sunlight before having to re-apply to prevent burning. The higher the SPF number, the longer you can go without re-applying.
One problem is that the SPF number typically refers to how well it blocks UVB rays without including UVA rays, which are more damaging to skin. Also, you would also think the higher the SPF number, the better, but not necessarily. The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 45 is a mere 1% - 97% vs 98% of UVB rays. Instead of looking at just the SPF number, we recommend choosing a brand with physical sunblock ingredients like either mexoryl or zinc oxide, two ingredients that have been shown to work best against UVAs.
Experts currently recommend water-resistant sunscreens that are reapplied at least every two hours since moisture, heat and exposure can burn it off quickly. The old labels of simply “waterproof” or “sweat proof” are no longer legally allowed as the FDA found them to be misleading. Instead, sunscreens are required to state how long they’re water or sweat-proof such “water resistant for 40 minutes.” But don’t forget to reapply!
Do sunscreens expire? They start to separate and become liquid-like or gritty after a maximum of three years. When they do, they lose their effectiveness almost completely so toss expired sunblock. Better protected than sorry!
Experts also suggest not relying on sunscreen exclusively since doesn’t protect eyes or hair parts. So don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat while you’re out in the sun for lengthy periods of time. Because healthy, protected skin is always in.