Understanding Your Sunscreen Label

Posted August 07, 2018

Sun protection seems fairly simple: slather on the right amount of sunscreen and reapply as necessary. If only reading your sunscreen label was that simple.

Cue: the Body Shield sunscreen label decoder.

Learn about the ingredients in our sunscreen solution, read up on how to properly apply it, and discover what makes Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection so effective in the fight against sun damage with our decoding tool.

Simply click on the highlighted areas of the Body Shield bottle to learn more about what sets our sunscreen apart.

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    Lotion sunscreen solutions provide better coverage than spray nozzle bottles. Opt for sunscreens in lotion form that can be spread across the skin for even, full protection.

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    Sun Protection Factor measures a sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from UVB radiation—the UV rays responsible for painful, red sunburns. SPF values vary between 15 and 50; SPF 50 should provide more than enough skin protection so long as you apply the appropriate amount and reapply every 90 minutes.

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    The PA grading system was established in Japan, and is used to measure the level of protection sunscreen provides against UVA radiation—the UV rays responsible for skin damage and signs of aging. The higher the number of "+", the more protection provided.

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    Only sunscreens that provide protection from both UVA and UVB radiation can be labeled as Broad Spectrum by the FDA.

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    Colorescience sunscreens are free of harmful chemical ingredients. Our patented formula is crafted using skin-safe mineral ingredients including Zinc Oxide.

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    When you’re out in the sun, you need sunscreen that won’t drip off or quit working the moment you start to sweat. Colorescience Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Body Shield SPF 50 is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, meaning you get the sun protection you need even when temperatures start rising.

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    Zinc oxide is a mineral ingredient that sits atop the skin, reflecting the sun by scattering UV rays. This physical barrier substance is less likely to cause irritation, unlike chemical ingredients, making it a great sunscreen solution for all skin types.

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    Colorescience Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Body Shield SPF 50 provides broad spectrum protection, deflecting UVA and UVB radiation, but it’s important to practice sun safety in other ways as well.

    Use Body Shield in conjunction with other sun protection measures: cover up with sun-safe clothing, protect your scalp with a hat, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

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    Apply at least one ounce of Colorescience Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Body Shield SPF 50 per application and reapply more frequently if you’re getting wet or sweaty.

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    EnviroScreen Technology was designed to protect your skin from more than UVA and UVB rays. Body Shield can help defend against an array of environmental stressors, including pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation.

Whether you're spending every day of the year outdoors or you're heading out on a summer vacation, sunscreen should be a daily staple.

But do you know what you're rubbing onto your skin? Understanding the label on your sunscreen can ensure you're using your sunscreen correctly, which means keeping your skin safe from UV radiation.

With this sunscreen label decoder, you can get the lowdown on exactly what makes our sunscreen solution so effective—and why it's so much better for your skin.

Get an in-depth look at the following:

  • SPF Measurements
  • PA+++ Ratings
  • Broad Spectrum Labels
  • Active Ingredients
  • Sweat Resistance
  • Drug Facts
  • Application tips

Learn why lotion sunscreen solutions trump spray options every time and discover exactly why you should look for higher SPF ratings. Understand what those chemistry-book names have to do with skin protection and find out why it's so important that you stick to sunscreen free of chemical ingredients.

We've detailed everything you need to know about your sunscreen label, so you know exactly how to apply Colorescience Body Shield.

Get insight into the ingredients we use to make a skin-safe sunscreen that you can rely on. Use the above decoder to discover all the nitty gritty details about sunscreen labels.

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