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Sunscreens: What the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Tell You…
**More detailed information here:
Mineral Sunscreen Mention as an alternate for sunscreens without Benzophenones:
Lip Balm SPF 15 that contains Benzophenone (as of this writing)
Sources used and more complete Information:
New Regulations to Make Sunscreens Safe and Effective Effects of Infrared Radiation and Heat on Human Skin Aging in vivo, Cho et al, Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings (2009)
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Nowadays, if you are using Retin A, any AHA products, or acne products, you are being told that it is very important to use sunscreen…and it is.
However, recently, the FDA has now changed the standards for sunscreens in the US so that the consumer has a better understanding of sunscreens and how they protect your skin.
The common misconception about sunscreens is that the higher the SPF, the better protections you have.
However, what most consumers don’t know is that most US sunscreens are tested for UVB (burning rays) and that the actual measurement of UVA (aging rays) is not so easily measured.
According to the FDA, the guidelines have changed so that consumers have a better understanding of what the actual sunscreen product can actually do.
When it comes to the beauty industry, beauty products were being advertised as having a sun protection factor in powders and mineral make up. So consumers were thinking that just by applying mineral powder, they were being protected .
The FDA had the companies remove the labels that marketed the products stating that it was misleading.
The actual testing of the sunscreens also showed that real life conditions were very different than the testing conditions and the amount that consumers applied on their skin was no where near the amount of sunscreen used when undergoing the testing to see how much SPF the sunscreen provided.
Once your skin starts burning, find out what you need to do, and it is NOT applying more sunscreen because you will continue to burn.
High SPF does not actually mean high UVA protection.
There are NO SUNSCREEN out on the market today that protects against the ENTIRE UVA spectrum.
what ingredients offer some protection from UVA
Alternative to those ingredients
What UVA can penetrate through
1999-FDA decided the term “sunblock” should not be used since there are no sunscreens that can completely block out all UV rays.