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Summer Skin - What is Broad Spectrum SPF? - La Salon Bianca | Rochester, NY

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Summer Skin - What is Broad Spectrum SPF?

The number one cause of premature aging is SUN EXPOSURE. In order to dramatically reduce the risk for skin cancer, as well as wrinkles and age spots, it is recommended to use a broad spectrum SPF.

Broad Spectrum refers to sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Even with a high spf (sun protection factor), if it does not claim to be broad spectrum you are not fully protected from all of the UVA rays.

The current FDA regulation SPF numbering system only identifies the amount of UVB protection a sunscreen provides, not the amount of UVA protection. For a sunscreen to be labelled as broad spectrum through the FDA they have to pass through numerous tests to prove the protect from all UVA and UVB rays!

Its important to protect from both types of rays as they effect your skin differently!

---UVA = "Aging Ray" which makes up 90% of all UV radiation. Causes wrinkling and penetrates through clouds, glass and is prominent year-round.

---UVB = "Burning Ray" these rays cause sun burn, aging and potentially skin cancer.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreens include a combination of ingredients to protect against both rays. Look for zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, octisalate, and octinoxate. Different combinations of these ingredients will protect against both rays!

Important tip is if you only apply one product on your skin before leaving the house, whether a cloudy or sunny day, make sure its a BROAD SPECTRUM SPF!

Questions? Feel Free to contact Parker 585-272-0707

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