How to Choose the Right SPF for You

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The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a broad-sprectrum sunscreen – one that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for these active ingredients:

  • PABA derivatives
  • Octinoxate and cinoxate for UVB absorption
  • Oxybenzone and sulisobenzone for UVA protection
  • Avobenzone, ecamsule (MexorylTM), titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for the remaining UVA spectrum

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How to Choose the Right SPF for You

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When properly applied, a high SPF (15 or greater) combined with broad-spectrum protection will offer you the best defense against harmful radiation. This combination will help you both short and long-term by protecting against sunburn as well as pre-aging and skin cancer.

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