Just because it is winter doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be paying attention to SPF values in our skincare. UV protection is not just for lying out and it is important to look for a minimum UV protection of 15SPF in your everyday moisturizer. However, all the numbers and letters of sun protection can sometimes be confusing. In light of this the FDA just issued new rules to prevent false and confusing claims. Here, our rundown on what SPF factors you should look for when buying a face cream.
Look for the term “broad-spectrum,” since only products that shield against both types of radiation–UVA (which causes wrinkles and skin cancer) and UVB (which causes burn)–can make that claim. We suggest trying the Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30, which offers broad spectrum protection.
Only sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of 15 or higher may claim that they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early aging if used as directed–with frequent reapplication. We love Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant, which has an SPF of 30.
In addition, misleading terms like “waterproof,” “sweatproof,” and “sunblock” have been banned altogether. What’s more, a product that claims to be “water resistant” must now specify how long you can stay in the water for before it wears off.