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Talk Skin: A Snapshot on SPF

Talk Skin: A Snapshot on SPF
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When you reach for your sunscreen, are you 100% certain you know what you are applying? Here are a few tidbits of knowledge to help you through the summer without getting burned.

SPF Shelf Life

Did you know that sunscreen loses its efficacy after 12 months? Ingredients that contain sun protection factors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are active ingredients so they can’t be expected to last forever. They have a shelf life just like your peanut butter so be sure to purchase a new bottle every summer.

Expert Tip: Mark your bottle of sunscreen with the date you bought it!

Reapply. Reapply. Reapply.

Did you know you should apply sunscreen (no matter then SPF) every two hours? Sunscreen does not block the sun entirely and although you may have slathered yourself with sunscreen, it is not meant to last you a whole day exposed to the Sun’s harmful rays.

Expert Tip: If you out and about, set an alarm on your phone every two hours to remind you!


Are you covering all the necessary spots or just your nose? Ears, eyelids, the scalp, lips and feet are the most often forgotten body part when applying sunscreen. Be sure to cover these areas to protect yourself from sun damage and possible health concerns.

Expert Tip: Spray sunscreens are incredibly convenient and you can cover yourself in seconds without greasy hands! A few of our faves are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch and Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Broad Spectrum SPF45 Hyaluronic Cloud Moisturizer.

You can find these and many other SPF options on!

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