Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen 101

May 25, 2022|Beauty, Wellness

Let’s start with the most obvious question....

What is SPF? 

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is how we measure the protection front the sun’s UVB rays. 

SPF Key: 

SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays

SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays



When looking for the right Sunscreen, you want to look for something that is “broad 



spectrum” This means that it protects you from UVB & UVA. 

UVA rays are primarily responsible for fine lines and dark spots 

UVB rays play the most significant role in producing skin cancers and sunburns. 

Sunscreen is the most crucial step in our skincare routines, but it works well only if applied correctly! 

Let's take a peek at the most important question:

How do you wear Sunscreen? 

This might sound like a simple question, but it's not "just apply & go!" Here are some sunscreen guidelines:


  •    Use a Sunscreen that protects you from  UVA & UVB rays.
  •    Apply it 30 minutes before going outside.
  •    Make sure you use enough & you reapply every 2 hours.
  •    Don’t forget your lips, ears, and scalp.
  •    Reapply after swimming or sweating — even if you’re wearing water-resistant sunscreen.






Do I need Sunscreen all year round? 

- Yes! Even though it's not hot and the sun isn't shining, those UV rays are still there! This is the reason why we recommend finding a sunscreen that can be added to your everyday routine. Something tinted? Something light? Whatever your preference is find a sunscreen that you're going to want to wear every day. 

What should I look for in Sunscreen? 

- One of the most important things you want to look for is that your sunscreen is "broad spectrum" the other important point is finding a "clean & safe" sunscreen. 

What is a clean & safe Sunscreen? 

- Clean and safe can be described in different ways to different people, so it's hard to determine exactly what it would mean for you but here are some tips when looking for your sunscreen: 


  1. Learn the Pros and Cons of Mineral and Chemical Sunscreens.
  2. Read the Label Before Choosing Your Sunscreen.
  3. Know the Difference Between Oxybenzone and Avobenzone.
  4. Don't Just Read the Claims; Read the Reviews! 
  5. Ensure Your Sunscreen, is Not Filled With Toxic Ingredients (phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, and anything ending in “-paraben.)


When looking for a Clean Sunscreen make sure you look at - water resistance - active ingredients - & broad spectrum. These are key points to finding a good Sunscreen. 





  •   Our Dermatologist favorite - Cocokind Daily SPF Mineral - Based Sunscreen
  •   Our Founder's favorite - Mychelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Light
  •   Our team's favorites - MadHippie Sheer Tint Sun Serum & Supergoop Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40
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