When it comes to sunscreen, you might be wondering what level of SPF you really need. And the answer is, it depends on several factors. If your skin is especially sun-sensitive, burns easily or you simply want added protection against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays, more is definitely more when it comes to SPF. It’s also important to take the necessary steps and time to apply (and reapply) properly, and a high level of sun protection can act like an insurance policy in the even that you don’t.
(An SPF of 100 or higher does not mean the FDA’s sunscreen usage guidelines don’t apply—but more on that below.) It’s a fact that most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to get the protection stated on the bottle, so why not up the sun-protection ante and use a high-SPF formula?
Meet Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 100 for Face & Body, the newest member of the award-winning La Roche-Posay Anthelios sun protection family. Featuring the same fast-absorbing, residue-free formula as its SPF 60 sibling, this advanced sunscreen is the first of its kind to provide oxybenzone-free SPF 100 with Cell-Ox Shield Technology, which features antioxidants for added protection against environmental skin damage. But there’s even more for you and your skin to love about this innovative sun-protection formula.
- Safe for sensitive skin
- Broad-spectrum protection against aging UVA and burning UVB rays
- Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes
- Fortified with Cell-Ox Shield technology for protection against free radicals generated by UV ray
- Absorbs quickly without leaving a white cast
- Can be used under makeup
- Formulated with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water for skin-soothing benefits
- Oxybenzone-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and oil-free
- Suitable for children ages three and up
Now that you’re familiar with Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 100 for Face & Body, here are a few reasons why you should use the maximum level of sun protection available.
Sunburn today, skin cancer in the future
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and one in five Americans will develop it over the course of their lifetime. Skin cancer is color-blind, and it can affect anyone regardless of skin tone. Consider this statistic: More than five serious sunburns at any point in life doubles the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer—so why wouldn’t you use the highest level of sun protection available?
Sensitive skin is more prone to sun damage
Sensitive skin has a compromised skin barrier, and this protective layer of the skin is responsible for shielding the skin from environmental aggressors like UV rays. A weaker barrier means skin is more prone to sun damage, which can appear today as a sunburn, and decades from now in the form of visible signs of aging and skin cancer.
Must-know InfoThe U.S. FDA recommends a definitive set of sunscreen-application guidelines, which are important to follow regardless of the level of SPF you choose for daily use and times of prolonged sun exposure. For optimal protection against sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer, it’s essential to follow these rules:
- Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before sun exposure
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or more often after swimming, sweating and towel-drying
- When possible, cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats
- Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when UV rays are at their strongest
Being proactive—and using a high level of sun protection such as Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 100 for Face & Body—is the most effective way to prevent sunburn and long-term sun damage that can lead to premature signs of aging and skin cancer. When it comes to SPF, the higher level of protection the better, and your skin will thank you today, tomorrow and in the years to come.