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I don’t like reading blogs with long intros.  So it begins:

'Tis the summer season and for Bostonians, the sun is hard to come by, but bear in mind its damage despite the vitamin D and happiness it gives.

Like any facial washes, sunscreen doesn’t and shouldn’t have to be a luxury item. The sun emits a spectrum of UV light, and among them, the main culprits are UVA and UVB, which contribute to skin damage, aging and free radicals.  To be SPF-smart, look out for this list of ingredients:

(It’s almost like choosing combo meals at McDonalds)
Any combination of these active UVA ingredients:

  • Avobenzone aka Parsol 1789
  • Benzophenones - oxybenzone and sulisobenzone
  • Ecamsule aka Mexoryl SX
  • Meradimate aka menthyl anthranilate

AND at least one of the following UVB-absorbing ingredients:

  • Padimate O
  • Salicylates - hormomenthyl salicylate, octisalate (octyl salicylate) and trienthanolamine salicylate
  • Cinnamates - octinoxate and cinoxate
  • ensulizole (phenylbenzimiazole sulfonic acid)
  • Homosalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone

Other beneficial ingredients:

  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide

SPF - What exactly is this SPF label?

 SunProtectionFactor is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from UVB rays.

SPF 15 blocks 93%
SPF 30 blocks 97% (magic number as some people say)
SPF 50 blocks 98% 

I have oily skin (which is slowly transiting to more hormone-reactive and a little bit of normal skin) and I’m currently using Kate Somerville’s SPF55 sunscreen.  It was expensive, I admit, but I was splurging.

One last note: the trick with sunscreen is you have to reapply it throughout the day.  On the way to work, lunch break, on the way back home, grocery shopping…whatever you do that is outdoors.

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