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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How Much Protection Does My Suncreen Provide?

We've had rain spoiling our weekends for the past 5 weeks now - and we finally got a short break this past Sunday in South Florida. I know, I know... we have great weather year-round, but I have a 5-year old who's been dying to try his new snorkeling gear and with this funky weather lately, he was getting a bit frustrated. Anyhow, we visited an interesting beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, where you can swim out a couple hundred yards and find incredibly good spots for snorkeling. We had good luck with the weather, and of coarse that means being under direct sunlight for long hours.

Every time we visit the beach, we're amazed at the number of people who don't use sun protection. I understand most people are not too concerned about DNA-damaging UVA rays, but it's just unbelievable to me how many do not use sunscreen at all. Of coarse, there are those who are aware of the importance of protecting their largest organ from UVA/UVB rays by using SPF sunblocks. One thing everyone should know is how much protection a sunscreen provides.

SPF 30 is all you need, according to skincare experts, but you must reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

The maximum time for full 30 SPF protection from a waterproof sunscreen, such as MenScience TiO2 Sunblock, is about 80 minutes in the water.

It's HIGHLY recommended that you reapply throughout the day to prevent getting burned. How do you know if you are still getting coverage from your sunscreen? To figure out the length of time your SPF protects you from UVB rays per application, simply follow this formula:

Multiply the SPF by 10. This number is the total minutes that you will be getting the perfect maximum protection from your sunscreen.

So, for example, a SPF 30 x 10 = 300 minutes of sun protection.

Perfect protection doesn't account for reality – sweating or getting wet reduces the amount of time that you are covered. Plus, sometimes sunscreen can rub off on lawn chairs, towels, and clothing. Reapply MenScience TiO2 Sunblock every 1-2 hours, no matter what the SPF to be cautious. Besides, this oil free sunscreen for men moisturizes and nurtures your skin, helping it recover form the damaging effects of the sun.

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