It’s Summertime, let’s talk Sunscreen! We all need it, we should all be using it if you want to protect you beautiful skin!

What is SPF?  SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor.”  The differences between the types of SPF can be confusing, so the general rule of thumb is that if you are someone that typically burns after 10 minutes in the sun, a 15 SPF would allow you to be in the sun 15 times longer without burning, so 150 minutes.

It’s important to pick a sunscreen that matches your Fitzpatrick skin type.   If you aren’t sure, the guide below should help.  A good starting point is a broad spectrum, waterproof/resistant, 30 SPF.  This will help protect most from both the UVA (aging) and UVB (burning).

Skin types

Skin types

FYI: SPF 15 is ideal for the darker skin tones since there’s more melanin in their skin therefore they might not burn as quickly as someone with a fair skin type, however, it is recommended that they protect themselves from the damaging sun rays as they’re still at risk of skin damage.

SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent.

There is a 100 SPF, and studies have shown that most people feel a false sense of security wearing a high SPF.  Based on the example above, you’d think that wearing 100 SPF would mean you can be out most of the day without a concern, when in fact, you would need to reapply every few hours, the same as someone wearing a 30 SPF as it only changes the protection about 1% from the SPF 50.

What are the differences between sunscreens?

Physical sunscreens that contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which mainly work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UVA rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers.

Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are often referred to as chemical or organic absorbers.

We carry a great line of sunscreen to protect your beautiful face! Glo Skin Beauty has a variety of sunscreen products including an amazing tinted moisurizer with SPF30. Stop by The Healing Garden today to chat with our staff about which product is best for you!