This is not a paid post.
A few days ago, I made a post that tanning can lead to skin cancer and promised to update you with the new protection benchmarks for the product labels of any sunscreens out there. I know many have been meticulously reading product labels nowadays yet a lot are still tricked with the advertising terminologies. This is the same also in food labels, so be wary.
And in one of the article that I have read, it was called “prodcuts’ labels” as it fools everyone with a nicer sounding slanguage, I would say. And in fairness to the manufacturers, we also have our own share of mistakes when we use and apply sunscreens. And I am pretty sure that not all have done it the right way, so I am compelled to make a post on how to properly apply sunscreen. (Watch out for it in the coming days) For the meantime, here are some of the terminologies that you must be vigilant of.
- Broad Spectrum is not broad at all considering that SPF refers only to the level of UVB rays that we are protected with and there hasn’t been any for UVA protection.
- SPF in Body Wash or Shampoo labels is not sunscreen and does not offer any sun protection too. Knowing that we have to constantly reapply sunscreen and that is every two hours.
- Waterproof and sweat proof doesn’t mean that you have sun protection throughout the day for you can only be protected for only 40 minutes of sun exposure and that you must have applied it correctly and properly.
- SPF in Cosmetics maybe shady and may not be having the same sun protection criteria as with the sunscreen products.
So as a general rule in ensuring that you have adequate sun protection from your favorite sunscreen product, you should reapply it every two hours, when you are sweating a lot, every after swimming and every after towel drying yourself. Check out my post on how to properly apply sunscreen.