Sun protection – UVA Warning!

Sunscreen 101
Sometimes, skin care is a serious matter. As I have been spreading the news about Best of Skintentions (a moisturizer with sunscreen), I have discovered that most people are unaware that SPF only measures UVB protection. SPF is not a measurement of UVA protection.

UVB is the “burning” ray.
UVA is the “aging” ray.

UVA light penetrates deep into the dermis and can damage collagen and elastin which leads to wrinkles (uggh!) In the USA, we do not currently have a required testing system to measure the UVA protection level a sunscreen provides; though the FDA does have a measurement standard in the works, it is not yet a regulation.

What this means is, you must read product labels carefully. Most moisturizers and sunscreens in the USA that say “broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection” do NOT have an actual UVA rating.

So how do you know how to read the lable on a suncreen?
To insure you are receiving optimum (and tested) UVA protection, I recommend you look for an established UVA rating on the product label, such as the well-established PA standard used in Japan. That’s what bliss used for Best of Skintentions to provide demonstrated protection against aging UVA (which fluorescent lights emit, BTW, which is another gigantic yikes and a fantastic reason to use UVA protection everyday, even when indoors!)

At bliss, we strive to make people’s lives more relaxed and fun AND we take our skin care (and your skin health) seriously… so I thought you’d want to know how to get the best UVA protection. Please feel free to reply with questions about this important topic.

bliss kisses,

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2 Responses to Sun protection – UVA Warning!

  1. Sophie says:

    Hi Donna,
    Is the SPF photostable?

  2. I read your posts for a long time and should tell you that your articles always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

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