Types of Sunscreen
Despite the natural SPF protection from your complexion and the barrier of your clothes, you still need sunscreen to protect against UVA rays. We recommend:
- A minimum of SPF 30
- SPF 50 if you're outside for more than an hour
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours — more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming as it rinses off and loses effectiveness
Potentially harmful ingredients are limited to chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens, containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, are designated by the FDA as GRASE (“generally regarded as safe and effective.”) The reputable Consumers Reports suggest chemical sunscreens without oxybenzone to protect against UV radiation and sunburn.
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