These days it seems like everyone is concerned about their health, which we love. Don’t forget about your skin! Summer’s not over yet so it’s definitely time for us to give you a refresh on the benefits of sunscreen.

Sunscreen and sunblock both have different functions, but oftentimes the terms are used interchangeably. Sunscreens have chemicals that absorb UVB and UVA rays, while sunblock acts as a shield against UVB rays. The use of either will help ensure the overall health and youthfulness of your skin, while helping protect you against skin cancer and other damage.

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An article WebMD posted on the facts behind high SPF sunscreens features the expertise of James M. Spencer, MD. The Florida dermatologist recommends to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. SPF, or sun protection factor, is defined by the Skin Cancer Foundation as “a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.”

According to the pros, it seems as long as you’re wearing it there isn’t a big difference between using SPF 15 and SPF 45. SPF 15 blocks about 94% of rays versus SPF 45’s 98% ray blocking power. A 100% blocking product  isn’t in existance. Any product labeled “broad spectrum” will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

The American Melanoma Foundation advises everyone who has more than 20 minutes of sun exposure daily to slather up. They further advise to wear the protectant even on cloudy days, when around 80% of the sun’s UV rays are exposed on us.

Wearing hats and clothes that cover your skin all also have an SPF rating. Check out this list to see where a few of them rank.

To get the best results, apply a water resistant sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and again after 2 hours. Sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, or any other activity where the skin is dampened. We recommend make-up that has SPF in it to, just to make sure you’re always covered!

What kind of sunscreen do you use?