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Your Burning Sunscreen Questions Answered

Think you're already pretty sun savvy?

Read on and let us know if we’ve covered all the bases.

QUESTION | 

What exactly are UVA and UVB rays?

A:

UV radiation is invisible to the naked eye and has two main wavelengths — UVA and UVB. The easiest way to remember which of these does what is pretty simple. UVA rays age the skin and UVB rays burn the skin. Both UVA and UVB can cause a whole lot of trouble for your skin health including permanent sun damage and skin cancer.

QUESTION | 

What does SPF mean, really?

A:

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” The advice we’ve probably all heard is to use an SPF 15 and reapply every one to two hours. But this is not the whole story.

SPF is not a one size fits all proposition.

Think of it this way — a very fair person, say a redhead, may burn without sun protection in as little as three minutes whereas sunburn on a darker skin might take as long as an hour or more to appear.

The SPF number on a sun protection product is actually part of a formula that tells you exactly how much time you, as an individual, can spend in the sun before re-application is required. In order to calculate, you must know how long it actually takes your skin (and your skin alone) to burn in an unprotected state.

Contrary to popular belief, a higher SPF does not necessarily provide more protection, but rather is an indicator as to the amount of time you can spend in the sun unprotected before reapplication is necessary. This varies based on individual sensitivity and skin tone.

Let’s do the math

If you are a redhead, who burns in three minutes, and are planning on being outside for a while, you may actually need an SPF 50. Using our previous formula of the number of minutes it takes for your skin to burn multiplied by the SPF rating (in this case, 3 x 50) your SPF 50 gives you the same duration of protection (150 minutes) as someone who burns in 10 minutes using an SPF 15.

On the other hand, if your skin starts to get pink (the first sign of an impending burn) at about the 10-minute mark an SPF 15 allows you to spend (10 x 15 =) 150 minutes in the sun before you need to dip back in your beach bag for your product and slather on another layer. Make sense?

QUESTION | 

How much product do I need to apply and when should I be applying it?

A:

The rule of thumb is one ounce of sunscreen for your whole body applied 20 minutes prior to your initial exposure. If you are going to be outside for longer than two hours, make sure you have your sunscreen with you so there is no lapse in protection.

QUESTION | 

What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunblock?

A:

Mineral sun protection (look for zinc as a main ingredient) prevents UVA and UVB rays from ever reaching the skin. It is literally a physical block between your skin and the sun.

Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, is a combination of three or more UVB and UVA chemicals that cause a chemical change that transforms UVB and UVA rays into heat. You can actually feel the heat of a chemical sunscreen working in your skin before it is released!

So, which is better for your skin?

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there around this question and a boatload of opinions to boot, but here is what we know to be true — mineral sunblock provides naturally occurring, broad spectrum protection for the skin with zero toxicity to the body or the environment.

QUESTION | 

My makeup has sunscreen, does that protect my skin?

A:

Yes and no. Even if your makeup has an actual SPF rating, keep in mind it’s designed to sit on the skin’s surface, just like your sunscreen. Either one can wear off over time leaving your skin vulnerable. Layering makeup over a product specifically designed for sun protection is the safest route but keep in mind that all day sun protection is never a one and done situation. Re-application is absolutely necessary to keep your skin fully protected no matter what type of product you use.

QUESTION | 

I have darker skin and never burn. Do I still need to be concerned about sun protection?

A:

A You sure do. The additional melanin in darker skin tones may help decrease instances of sunburn but will not protect skin from the damage caused by UVA rays.

QUESTION | 

What exactly does “water-resistant” mean?

A:

Actually, there is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen. Water-resistant, however, is a label you can trust. Any product marked water-resistant needs to meet some pretty strict standards per the FDA including an SPF rating of 40 or 80. This is roughly double the SPF of a sunscreen that you would use for dry exposure situations due to the fact that the product wears off much faster in the water than it would otherwise.

We suggest overdoing it. If you’re going to be beaching it or chilling poolside, reapply every time you get out of the water to be safe. There’s no such thing as an over-application of sun protection as far as we’re concerned.

QUESTION | 

I am not outdoorsy. Can I skip it?

A:

Nope, not ever. If you work near a window, drive in a car or spend even as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day outside you need sunscreen.

QUESTION | 

It’s cloudy out. Do I still need to protect my skin?

A:

Yes, without question. Don’t be fooled by overcast skies. Cloud cover filters some UVB rays but does not filter any UVA. So even if you’re not getting a burn, you’re still exposing your skin to premature aging and skin cancer.

Did we cover all your questions?

If not, please feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line. We are more than happy to geek out on this topic anytime.

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Alexis Mayne

Love what's in our bottles? Alexis is a big part of the team that makes it happen. For more than 10 years, she's been instrumental in formulating and producing the Sanitas Skincare you love. Her areas of expertise include the science of skin, finding active ingredients that get results and connecting with the purest and most responsible ingredient suppliers. She also works closely with our Boulder-based manufacturing team to make sure our products are effective, safe and consistent each and every time.

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Sanitas Rewards (the “Program”) is a loyalty program offered by Sanitas Skincare (“Company”) to customers of sanitas-skincare.com. Company will offer specific perks and privileges to members as described at sanitas-skincare.com/rewards. These terms and conditions (hereinafter “Terms and Conditions”) form the agreement (the “Agreement”) between an enrolled customer (“Member”) and Company with respect to the Program.

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Company will use mail, email, SMS and other channels to communicate with Members about program updates, special Member promotions or offers, etc. Company will also use these channels to communicate tier status, notify Member of eligibility for a benefit, or inform Member of rewards points balance. Members should note that even if they are opted out of marketing or promotional communications, Company may continue to send non-marketing or non-promotional emails such as those relating to Member’s account or ongoing business relations.

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Eligible Purchases

Purchases of merchandise and/or services made at sanitas-skincare.com count toward Member’s program tier status (after promotional offers but before taxes and shipping charges have been applied). Purchases made with store credit or gift cards will not count toward increasing tier status. The purchase of a Sanitas gift card, however, will result in points that will be considered earnings that can increase tier status. Additional items may be excluded from earnings that contribute to tier status at the sole discretion of Company.

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For more information on Program tiers, see https://www.sanitas-skincare.com/sanitas-rewards

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At its sole and absolute discretion, Company reserves the right to revoke the membership of any Member and/or revoke any or all benefits the Member may be entitled to if a Member abuses any of the Program privileges, fraudulently uses the Program, fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions or otherwise earns benefits through deception, forgery and/or fraud.

No Transfer; No Cash Value

Program benefits may not be transferred, purchased, sold, auctioned or traded, including for reasons of death or as part of a domestic relations matter. Doing so will void Member’s account. Benefits have no cash value.  There are no participation or membership fees associated with the Sanitas Rewards loyalty program. Points accrued in connection with Sanitas Rewards loyalty program are promotional, have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Employee Eligibility

Current employees of Company are ineligible to participate in the Program.

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Requirements and limitations to any Program benefit will be communicated at the time benefit is offered. In addition, the following shall apply:

  • Product Giveaway
    • Distribution of annual birthday gift requires at least one purchase at sanitas-skincare.com of product shipping to the United States and its territories (shipping fees may apply). Member must be signed in to Member’s Sanitas Rewards account at the time of purchase. Terms of offer are subject to change.
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Member is responsible and liable for any applicable federal, state or local income, sales, use or other taxes that may be due as a result of Member’s participation in the Program.

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MANDATORY ARBITRATION OF ALL DISPUTES. NO CLASS ACTIONS.

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