What’s the difference between sunscreen factors?
SPF30+ versus SPF50+ The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of a sunscreen is a measure of how well it protects the skin from sunburn. SPF30 sunscreen admits 1/30th of the ambient UV, SPF50 admits 1/50th and so on. Sunscreens need to be applied liberally to achieve the SPF protection claimed on the label.
How do I choose a sun protection factor?
Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of at least 30, which Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, a dermatologist practicing in New York, calls “the magic number”. SPF 15 blocks about 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent of UVB rays. The ADA recommends an SPF of 30 or higher.
Is SPF 35 or 50 better?
High-SPF products don’t give you a whole lot more protection. … But the truth is that higher-SPF products are only marginally better at shielding you from UVB, according to both the EWG and the Skin Cancer Foundation. SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation, SPF 50 blocks about 98%, and SPF 100 blocks about 99%.
Which is better SPF 30 or 50?
A sunscreen with SPF 30 will protect you from around 96.7% of UVB rays, whereas an SPF of 50 means protection from about 98% of UVB rays. Anything beyond SPF 50 makes very little difference in terms of risk of sun damage, and no sunscreens offer 100% protection from UVB rays.
What does SPF 30 PA ++ mean?
. SPF is Sun Protection Factor. 30 means this sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays for 300 minutes (30 x 10 minutes). PA is Protection Grade of UVA, the more the +, the better!
Which is better SPF 15 or SPF 30?
SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.
Which SPF is best for face?
Ideally, look for SPF 30 or higher. Know your skin type: If you have dry skin, choose a face sunscreen with hydrating ingredients, says Dr. Zeichner, like hyaluronic acid or ceramides. If you have oily skin, look for sunscreens that have a matte finish.