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Understanding Sunscreens

Topical sunscreens have been shown to prevent and even repair damage caused by exposure to UV radiation in animal models. In humans, there is evidence that these products can prevent the acute effects of solar radiation and reduce the incidence of some skin cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma. Studies have shown that the daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen can significantly reduce skin damage caused by UV radiation.

The ideal sunscreen should protect the skin against both UVB and UVA radiation (broad spectrum), scavenge free radicals, and contain enzymes or other active ingredients that will stimulate DNA repair systems. Obviously, these products must also be safe, stable and cosmetically acceptable.

Topical sunscreens are based on ingredients that, by one means or another, prevent UV radiation from reaching skin cells. Rather than focusing on filtering or blocking radiation, the chief innovations in recent years have sought to prevent or counteract the undesirable effects of solar radiation on skin cells through the use of antioxidants and agents such as those that favor the repair of damaged DNA.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeper skin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer. It is a measure of the time it would take an individual to burn in the sun if they were not wearing sunscreen vs. the time it would take with sunscreen on.

An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offer 100% protection.

In a recent review of sunscreens regulations, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a regulation that would require sunscreen products that have SPF values higher than 50 to be labeled as SPF 50+. FDA does not have adequate data demonstrating that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 50.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use daily a sunscreen that offers the following:
1. Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
2. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater
3. Water resistance


Top Brands in this category: EltaMD, KINeSYS, Minus-Sol, NEOVA, PRIORI, Fallene

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Read the full product details for UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 - Tinted

EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 - Tinted

Size: 3 oz

$29.00

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Read the full product details for KIDS SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS KIDS SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avob... [more]

Size: 120 ml / 4 fl oz

$18.99

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Read the full product details for Ivory Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

Minus-Sol Ivory Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectr... [more]

Size: 1.76 oz / 50 g

$32.00

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Read the full product details for SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzon... [more]

Size: 120 ml / 4 fl oz

$18.99

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Read the full product details for Fragrance-free SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS Fragrance-free SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray with Parsol ... [more]

Size: 120 ml / 4 fl oz

$18.99

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Read the full product details for SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick

KINeSYS SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick

Size: 7.3 g / 0.26 oz

$11.98

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Read the full product details for UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

Size: 3 fl oz

$27.00

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Read the full product details for Girl SPF 30 Alcohol free Spray Sunscreen

KINeSYS Girl SPF 30 Alcohol free Spray Sunscreen

Size: 4 fl oz

$18.99

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Read the full product details for White Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

Minus-Sol White Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectr... [more]

Size: 1.76 oz / 50 g

$32.00

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Read the full product details for SPF 30 Ointment with Pure Zinc Oxide

KINeSYS SPF 30 Ointment with Pure Zinc Oxide

Size: 3 oz

$29.99

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Estimated ship date is 1/1/2015

Read the full product details for Ivory Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

Minus-Sol Ivory Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectr... [more]

Size: .83 oz / 25 g

$18.00

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Read the full product details for Travel Size Fragrance-free SPF 30+ Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS Travel Size Fragrance-free SPF 30+ Sunscreen SPRAY... [more]

Size: 30 ml / 1 fl oz

$6.99

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Read the full product details for Travel Size SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS Travel Size SPF 30 Sunscreen SPRAY with Parsol 178... [more]

Size: 30 ml / 1 fl oz

$6.99

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Read the full product details for Travel Size SPF 30 KIDS Spray-On Sunscreen with Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)

KINeSYS Travel Size SPF 30 KIDS Spray-On Sunscreen with Pa... [more]

Size: 30 ml / 1 fl oz

$6.99

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Read the full product details for White Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+

Minus-Sol White Facial Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectr... [more]

Size: .83 oz / 25 g

$18.00

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Read the full product details for Travel Size Girl SPF 30 Alcohol free Spray Sunscreen

KINeSYS Travel Size Girl SPF 30 Alcohol free Spray Sunscre... [more]

Size: 1 fl oz

$6.99

$6.30

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