How to apply sunscreen:
- Apply 15 minutes before you go outside. This allows the sunscreen (of SPF 15 or higher) to have enough time to provide the maximum benefit.
- Use enough to cover your entire face and body (avoiding the eyes and mouth). An average-sized adult or child needs at least one ounce of sunscreen (about the amount it takes to fill a shot glass) to evenly cover the body from head to toe.
- Know your skin. Fair-skinned people are likely to absorb more solar energy than dark-skinned people under the same conditions.
- Reapply at least every two hours, and more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
Frequently forgotten spots:
- Back of neck
- Tops of feet
- Along the hairline
- Areas of the head exposed to sunlight
How to store sunscreen:
- To keep your sunscreen in good condition, the FDA recommends that sunscreen containers should not be exposed to direct sun.
- Sunscreen containers can also be kept in coolers while outside in the heat for long periods of time.
Types of sunscreen:
The directions for using sunscreen products can vary according to their forms. Always read the label before using a sunscreen product.
Understanding the sunscreen label:
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
- The SPF value indicates the level of sunburn protection provided by the sunscreen product. All sunscreens are tested to measure the amount of UV radiation exposure it takes to cause sunburn when using a sunscreen compared to how much UV exposure it takes to cause a sunburn when not using a sunscreen.
- Higher SPF values (up to 50) provide greater sunburn protection. Because SPF values are determined from a test that measures protection against sunburn caused by UVB radiation, SPF values only indicate a sunscreen’s UVB protection.
Myth: There is a popular misconception that SPF relates to time of solar exposure. For example, many people believe that, if they normally get sunburned in one hour, then an SPF 15 sunscreen allows them to stay in the sun for 15 hours (e.g., 15 times longer) without getting sunburn. This is not true because SPF is not directly related to time of solar exposure but to amount of solar exposure.
- Broad Spectrum
- Broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are two types of UV radiation that you need to protect yourself from – UVA and UVB. Broad spectrum provides protection against both by providing a barrier that absorbs or reflects UV radiation before it can damage the skin.
- Not all sunscreens are broad spectrum.
Sunscreen expiration dates
- FDA regulations require all sunscreens to have an expiration date.
- The rule of thumb when a sunscreen product doesn’t have an expiration date should be considered expired three years after purchase.
- Expired sunscreens should be discarded because there is no assurance that they remain safe and fully effective.
To get more consumer information about sunscreen and sun protection, visit www.fda.gov.
About Alba Botanica:
“We believe the future is beautiful.”
- plant-based products align with our love of the natural world, which is why our products are 100% vegetarian and contain botanical ingredients
- in reducing our environmental footprint whenever we can, which is why we use recycled packaging materials whenever possible, we encourage recycling
- in keeping our friends close, including the furry kind. That’s why we never test our products, or any of the ingredients in them, on animals
- our products should do beautiful for you and the world we live in
- cruelty free – We believe in the ethical treatment of all living things. As a founding member of the Leaping Bunny Program, neither our products, nor the ingredients in them, are tested on animals.
- plant based – Our products are made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. We never use ingredients that contain meat, by-products of animal killing or cruelly-obtained animal ingredients.
- reef friendly – All of our mineral sunscreens are free of oxybenzone & octinoxate.
- recyclable materials – We believe in reducing, reusing and recycling. We package our products sensibly & minimally and use post-consumer materials whenever possible. We encourage you to recycle our packaging too!
- biodegradable – All of sunscreens are biodegradable, meaning the formulas have been tested according to industry standards and shown to break down in nature to minimize their impact on the Earth.
- no artificial colors – We believe our products should only include ingredients that make them work better, which is why we avoid the unnecessary use of all artificial coloring agents.