With summer undeniably here, one of the best things you can do for yourself while you’re out at the pool, beach, BBQ, or baseball game is to wear sunscreen! One of the most underused and misunderstood beauty products out there, sunscreen is probably the only beauty product you use that can actually save your life. Read that again, SAVE YOUR LIFE. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day even if it’s cloudy. But less than 20% of Americans follow that rule! Skin cancer is still cancer, and nothing to be flippant about. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest types of cancer to prevent! Read on to get the skinny on SPF, including some new info you might not know about! First of all, a new FDA labeing law for sunscreens went into effect in June 2011: You will no longer see SPF’s higher than 50, (just 50+) because, according to the FDA, SPF’s over 50 do not provide any additional protection. only sunscreen labled “broad spectrum” (UVA and UVB) that has an SPF of 15 or higher can claim that it reduces the risk of skin cancer. Any product that is not Broad Spectrum, or that is Broad Spectrum but has an SPF between 2 to 14, will be required to have a warning stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging. This should help you make a better choice when it comes to protecting your skin!
From relatively newcomer Hampton Sun, whose mission was to create luxurious sun products for all aspects of sunbathing, and to get the most out of your tan. This dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic formula provides a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB protection. It includes Polycylene, a new technology released by the FDA designed to improve sunscreen performance by being more water resistant and enhancing UVA protection. It has a non-aerosol continuous mist application, making it easy to spray your back and legs. This unique formulation is infused with Vitamins A, C, E, Aloe Vera, and moisturizing agents to replenish the skin. Available at all Planet Beauty locations for $32.00!
Another organic option is COOLA sunscreen products, which use only ingredients that are organic, sustainable and locally sourced. Created in small batches, they reformulate often, thus being able to keep up with the new technologies and ingredients available to give you the best protection possible. COOLA offers sun protection for a range of skin types and lifestyles; the products are also uniquely formulated for different parts of the body – from the sensitive skin ingredients in the face products and LIPLUX, to the versatile body, and the demands of sport sunscreens.
When you need coverage on your face, try Murad’s sheer tint oil-free sunblock for face. Protect and condition your money-maker with this oil-free, lightly tinted formula that blends into all skin tones. Silica, a mattifying ingredient, absorbs excess oil to prevent shine. Sodium PCA, a natural moisturizing factor, helps to combat fine lines and wrinkles. Lavender oil provides help to calm and soothe Lecithin and skin conditioning agents lock in moisture and help improve skin apppearance. Just remember to reapply after sweating or swimming! For all things sunscreen, visit Planet Beauty and get the products you need to stay protected all summer!
Allie Kelley has been a Planet Beauty Buff for four years and has a Bachelor’s degree in English. She enjoys painting her nails, trolling Pinterest for new trends, and has an obsession with lip gloss.