Anti-Aging Sunscreen Cheat Sheet# 6

#6. SPF — This is the big Kahuna of sunscreen terms.  Seeing   “SPF”  on a package gives  you confidence in a product- maybe too much confidence.

Here’s how it works:  SPF stands for “sun protection factor”.  An SPF 15 means that you can stay in the sun 15X longer without burning.  If you start burning after 10 minutes  of sun exposure, then a 15 SPF  means you can spend 10 x 15 =150 minutes in the sun without burning.   But this sounds better than it is.

Many factors affect how much sun protection you actually have in real time– how much you use, if you’re near water or sands which reflects light,  as well as heat, humidity and time of year.  To me the most interesting things I learned is an SPF 30 is not twice  as good a 15 SPF.  Who knew?

I think that the best way to view an SPF is as proof that this product has actually been … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Sunscreen Cheat Sheet #2

Fragrance-Free- This is pretty self-explanatory. I tend to favor fragrance- free products since scents are the single  largest cause of allergic reactions in skin care products.  Adding sun exposure  actually increases risks or irritation.   A sweet scent  also attracts bees, hornets and other biting bugs– definately not a plus.  On the other hand  nothing reminds me more of   a great day at the beach than the smell of Coppertone.  If allergies are not part of your life, the presence or absence of fragrance  is a non-starter in  your sunscreen choice.