When you think about it, while buying sunscreen or sunblock, what ultimately steers you in a particular direction is the SPF. The higher the sun protection factor, the longer the duration of protection—or so you would assume.
But, did you know that there’s no such thing as SPF100, even though a lot of popular beauty brands (yes, we’re looking at you Neutrogena) slap on the tag? It’s a marketing gimmick to get you to buy their products, and is misleading in devious ways. That’s why, it’s always important to read the label.
Research shows that SPF tops out at 50 and anything higher, yes, even the ones that say (Banana Boat) SPF70, are making a fool out of you. Also make note that the SPF is able to suppress the sun burn, but doesn’t do much in terms of protecting against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun, or melanoma.
With that in mind, don’t get caught up in the fraudulent claims and stick to SPF30-SPF50. Use a dollop-full, twice a day, and get all your sunblock and sunscreen facts straight.
Besides, we don’t think SPF100 will be available on stands for too long. A little birdie told us that the FDA is considering an all-out ban on it. We’ll find out soon enough!
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