What Do Sunscreen Labels Really Mean?
Summer's here! That means time spent outdoors. It's extremely important to protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun. Skin cancer is on the rise, and it can be life threatening. Shopping for sunscreen can be very confusing. What do all these terms, mean? UVA, UVB, SFP, Broad Spectrum? These terms are widely misunderstood, according to Consumer Reports. "Dermatologist tested" is a term that should be taken with a grain of salt. It doesn't mean much if the dermatologist was hired by the product manufacturer. If the dermatologist independently tested the product, that's a different story. 32% of respondents to a 2106 survey thought "broad spectrum" means the product protects all day...NO! It means the product protects from both UVA (aging & skin cancer), and UVB (sunburn, skin cancer). Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours. "Facial" vs "Full body" That's a lot of crap. It's a ploy to get you to buy 2 bottles. "Pediatrician recommended," more BS. Adult products have to meet the same standards. SPF, "sun protection factor," is pretty much what the term implies, though no product protects 100%. You should use at least SPF 30. I always look for the highest SPF I can find.