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Sunscreen 101


Selecting and Using Sunscreens

We believe that sunscreens and sunblocks offer the best sun protection available in America today.

SPF is a rating for sunscreens and stands for Sun Protection Factor.
A SPF of 30 means you can stay in the sun 30 times as long as you could without the sunscreen or sunblock with the same degree of sunburn. And remember that SPF only measures UVB protection, not UVA which can also be harmful. Remember these three important things about sunscreens:

1. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside
2. Reapply it every 1 to 2 hours
3. Use the recommended amount (1 shotglass; or 2 ounces ; per adult per application)

Select sunscreens with an SPF of 30 and that provides broad spectrum protection; UVB and UVA - such as MDSolarSciences, Blue Lizard or Vanicream. For the best protection, use with sun protective clothing, sun hats and sun protective swimwear that has an excellent UPF rating.

Sunscreen and Sunblock for Sun Protection

Coolibar offers sunscreen and sunblock with SPF 30 or higher ratings for UVA and UVB sun protection. All our sunscreens are PABA free. UVA protection is typically achieved through the action of physical UV blockers, such as zinc oxide sunscreen or titanium dioxide sunscreen, or UV absorbers such as avobenzone/Parsol 1789.

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