Not all sunscreens are equal!


The sun is bringing major heat to the Sacramento region, inviting lovers of hot weather out to catch some rays.

Cannon wants other parents to be wary of the products they're using for their children.

CVS Pharmacy recently announced the Long Live Skin campaign, which will focus on healthy skincare and the importance of sun protection.

Do Use Other Forms Of Protection- Sunscreen is great when applied correctly, but experts say it's not proven to prevent ALL types of skin cancer.

How does the SPF system work? Theoretically, a sun protection factor (SPF) of 100 would allow the user to expose its skin to the sun 100 times longer before being burnt.

"You look at an SPF 100 product and that implies a certain level of protection, but it actually sends a very misleading message". "To achieve high SPF protection values, products have to screen both UVA and UVB radiation".

There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen. This is true even for "water resistant" and "sweat proof" labeled products.

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What is broad spectrum protection? "Sunscreens are meant to be used on a regular basis in liberal amounts and over large portions of the body's surface whenever consumers are exposed to the sun", explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA). All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer, but not all products block UVA.

Kalia recommends finding a sunscreen to protect against UVA as well. SPF values above 50 are statistically so insignificant that they shouldn't sway you. "SPF is not a consumer-friendly number", Florida dermatologist James Spencer told WebMD. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, which would block 97% of UVB rays.

Don't Bother With High SPF- SPF 75 sounds pretty tempting, right?

SPF values are determined by applying a thick layer of sunscreen to the skin, and assessing the severity of the burn that develops after masochistic volunteers are exposed to lights of varying intensity in a lab. This, week, it's "Don't Fry Day" - an occasion to raise awareness for sun safety and encourage everyone to protect their skin.

Below are five facts that many people using sunscreens are less aware of, according to EWG. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.

Finally, don't forget to replace your sunscreen twice a year.

This is the 11th year of the EWG's sunscreen guide, and since its inception, the industry has been slow to change. Expired sunscreen should be discarded since its not guaranteed to remain safe and effective.