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Sunscreen Basics – Learn the Lingo – Protect Your Skin with Supergoop!

Learn the sunscreen basics. Here is a list of terms found on sunscreen product labels and in ads that will help you select the sunscreen best suited to your needs.

Hypoallergenic  Specially formulated to minimize allergic reactions. For people with sensitive skin.

Non-comedogenic Will not clog the pores of most skin types. Good for acne-prone complexions.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Ranging from 2 to 50, the SPF indicates how much longer you can be exposed to the sun before burning while wearing a sunscreen than if you were not protected. An SPF of 30, for example, allows you to stay in the sun 30 times longer than you normally could without burning. In other words, if yor skin normally burns after 10 minutes, an SPF 30 would allow you to stay out for 30 times 10 minutes, or 300 minutes = 5 hours. Although you should still keep reapplying sunscreen periodically.


Sunblock Refers to products with high SPFs. However, no product can completely block ultraviolet rays. “Sunscreen” applies to any suncare product with an SPF higher than 2.

PABA One of the earliest sunscreen ingredients, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) was considered effective years ago, but today’s ingredients are much more efficient at blocking ultraviolet rays. A drawback of PABA is that it can stain clothing.

Ultraviolet Rays Refer to wavelengths shorter than visible light. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are associated with premature aging and deep burning. UVB rays are more intencse in summer and are more associated with the development of skin cancer, which now affects about 1 in 6 Americans.

Water-Resistant, Waterproof A water-resistant product maintains its degree of sunburn protection for up to 40 minutes of water exposure. A waterproof formula stays effective up to 80 minutes.

Post-Sun Care If you get sunburn, you need to put moisture back into your skin. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration and apply cold compresses or ice packs to affected areas. Choose a moisturizing lotion with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), and vitamin E, panthenol or aloe vera, which will soothe and heal the skin. Stay away from products with alcohol, which can sting burned skin and further dehydrate it.

If you get a sunburn, immediately take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin to ease pain and minimize swelling.  

So remember to follow the sunscreen basics: Protect yourself from the sun and apply sunscreen before exposure to the sun and reapply it every 2 hours, since the chemicals lose their ability to break down UV rays as time progresses. Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer and will make your skin look old and wrinkled. So wear sunscreen and enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about skin damage.



Click below for top notch products to protect your skin against sun damage

Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen With Olive Polyphenols SPF 40

Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen With Olive Polyphenols SPF 40

You may want to decide to avoid the sun and use a self-tanning product….Here’s a good one………
St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion (4 Oz.)

St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion (4 Oz.)


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