Burning Truth: Is A Higher SPF Better?

Q: Is a higher SPF better to use? 

A: According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is best for your skin. 

Higher SPFs don't provide that much additional protection. An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation, while an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97 percent. And, an SPF 50 blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays. 

According to the FDA, "there is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50.” 

Relying solely on a high SPF (like 50 or 100) can lead to a sunburn –– causing the consumer to not apply enough sunscreen (should be a shot glass full). No matter what SPF you are using, always remember to reapply every two hours



Skiers & Snowboarders: Keep Applying That Sunscreen

Planning on hitting the slopes this winter? Don't toss the sunscreen just yet. A new survey by the Melanoma Foundation of New England discovered 39% of the adults polled said they always use sunscreen during the summer months, but only 13% said they always used it in the fall and those who said they never used sunscreen in winter rose to 53%.

Just as the sun reflects off water, it does the exact same with snow. Snow reflects up to 80% of UV radiation, which means your UV dose is close to double what it would be otherwise –– causing many such as skiers and snowboarders to receive sunburns. Many think these 'sunburns' are actually windburns, but that's not the case.

Skiers and snowboarders have an increased risk because of the high altitude and reflection from the snow. Deb Girard, executive director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, spoke to the Boston Globe stating, “The danger of increased skin cancer risk at any time is really about the intensity of the sun and how much UV penetration is coming through the clouds. But in winter you figure in how much reflection comes off the snow, too."

Practice sun safety on the slopes this winter season! You won't regret it.

Be Sure To Wear Sunscreen When Flying

The answer is: yes. Always wear sunscreen while flying. A recent article in Condé Nast Traveler warns us it is in fact possible to get a sunburn in the air, whether or not you have a window seat.

"A recent study in JAMA Dermatology found just one hour at 30,000 feet could expose pilots to the same amount of UV radiation as a 20-minute tanning bed session would."

So, what can you do the next time you travel? Pack sunscreen in your carry on, apply before and during your flight and pull the shade down when the sun is beating on your window.

Safe travels folks!

Just Peel and Stick! Quick Facts About Our UV Stickers:

Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays. The stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults. Can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

Here are some quick facts about our UV Stickers (and wristbands):

  • Color change is sun activated

  • Sunscreen is applied to skin and the stickers or bands

  • Bands and Stickers are disposable - One day use

  • Waterproof - Great for both the pool and the beach

  • Work with any sunscreen

  • Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults

  • Please recycle after one day of use

Sun Safety in Your Car

The weekends are a great time for drivable getaways. But, did you know you can still get a sunburn while in the car?


Glass does block the sun's UVB rays, but not UVA rays. That's way many drivers you see have more sun spots or freckles on their left side than their right.

Don't forget to protect yourself next time you're in the car. Here's how:

1. Apply your UV Wristband/Sticker and sunscreen before getting into the car. The UV Wristband/Sticker will help remind you when it's time to reapply. Always keep a bottle of sunscreen and SPF lip balm in your car.

The Real Meaning of SPF

2. Wear protective gear such as UV-blocking sunglasses, long-sleeved t-shirts and hats.

3. If you're wearing shorts and the sun is hitting your legs, lightly apply a towel, shirt or blanket over them.

4. Tint your car by applying a UV-protective film to it. "One study noted a 93 percent reduction in skin cell death when UV exposure was filtered through UV-absorbing auto glass.10 Some films, when applied to car windows, can block 99.9 percent of UV rays."

Do you practice sun safety in your car? Share below!

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