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what is an SPF and how does it work? part: 2

In the first SPF blog, I broke down what SPF means, how to calculate the amount of time you’re protected and what type of coverage an SPF gives you. Today, I want to give you a little more information on summer’s hottest accessory.

Did you know that there are two different types of sunscreen? I didn’t!

Chemical Sunscreen Physical Sunscreen
Contains ingredients that absorb UV radiation so your skin doesn’t Contains ingredients that reflect UV radiation from your skin
Main ingredients like: Avobenzone, Octocrylene, Octisalate and Octinoxate Main ingredients like: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc
Has a transparent appearance after being massaged into the skin Has a thicker appearance that sits on top of the skin
Good for deeper skin tones or people that tend to not burn easily Good for fair skin tones that tend to burn easily or extended sun exposure
Example: herbal day creme spf 15 Example: skin insulator creme spf 15

Any SPF protection should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure, reapplied every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating. It’s recommended that at least 2 TBSP or one ounce of sunscreen be used to cover the entire body – and don’t forget your lips or hands!

Next time I’ll cover some information on full spectrum sunscreens and the difference between UVA and UVB rays. Have a happy and safe weekend!

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