Thursday, February 21, 2013

Save Your Skin Quickie: Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Just a reminder: when buying a product that claims to have SPF, make sure it also says "broad-spectrum" on the package. If you end up with something that protects from UVB rays alone, you're protected from sunburn but not from the UVA rays that cause skin damage and aging. Look twice, because not all products that claim to protect your skin from the sun do both. If you want to use something without UVA protection, because you like the formula or whatever, I highly recommend using a separate, broad-spectrum sunscreen under it. You'll be happier in the long run (unless you want wrinkles, then, sure, tan it up, baby).

Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic on how to identify a broad-spectrum sunscreen and why they're best.

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