There are two types of sun protection available: chemical sunscreens and physical sunblocks. A chemical sunscreen works by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sun’s rays (UV radiation) before they affect the skin. A physical sunblock sits on the skin’s surface and reflects or scatters UV radiation before it is able to damage the skin. These two forms of protection have different methods of achieving a similar goal.
The FDA requires that all sun protection products display a Sun Protection Factor or SPF label. The SPF indicates the relative amount of sunburn protection a product can provide when used correctly. Sunscreens or sunblocks with an SPF of at least 15 are recommended, however the number can be misleading as an SPF of 30 is not twice as protective as an SPF of 15. When used properly, an SPF of 15 protects the skin from 93 percent of UVB radiation and an SPF 30 sunscreen provides 97 percent protection. Although the SPF ratings apply only to UVB rays, applying a product containing avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide will provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Two types of UV Radiation:
The two types of UV radiation that can affect the skin, UVA and UVB, have both been linked to skin cancer and a weakening of the immune system. They also both cause skin color changes and contribute to premature aging. UVA rays are not absorbed by the ozone layer and penetrate deep into the skin. UVB rays mostly impact the surface of the skin and are the primary cause of sunburn. Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by sun exposure.
About Our Sun Protection Products:
SPF products available at Mountain Radiance are formulated with a sophisticated blend of chemical sunscreen ingredients that protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
* These products are formulated with every skin type, condition and tone in mind. This ensures that most people can wear our products comfortably. Daily broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection is important for everyone of every color.
* We strive to provide cosmetically elegant sun protection products that are effective and also have a smooth, light feel when applied to the skin.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends these sun protection products as effective agents in the prevention of sun-induced skin damage, including sunburn and possibly premature aging. When used regularly, these products may also help reduce the potential risk of skin cancer due to overexposure to sunlight.
Our Favorite Sunscreen for the Face:
Up the Anti Full spectrum Sunblock with SPF 30 by PRESCRIBED solutions
* Physically blocks UV-A/B & Visible Light
* Microcapsules of Titanium Dioxide & colored Iron Oxides
* Slight Bronze Tint
This oil-free micronized titanium dioxide, zinc and iron oxides formula physically blocks UVA/UVB, visible and infrared rays to prevent sunburn, photodamage, freckling as well as uneven coloration. When applied it is clear but with rubbing, microcapsules of titanium dioxide and colored iron oxides burst onto the skin’s cells giving the skin a slight bronze tint.
These microcapsules provide protection to those with visible light sensitivity such as patients with porphyia, drug photoallergies and patients undergoing Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT). Additionally, it hydrates without clogging pores, smoothes and softens the skin.