Sun­screen lingo de­coded

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY -

Sun Pro­tec­tion Fac­tor ( SPF) is based on how long it takes your skin to burn with­out pro­tec­tion – if it usu­ally takes 10 min­utes, then an SPF30+ will pro­tect skin for 300 min­utes. Ul­tra­vi­o­let A rays can con­trib­ute to skin can­cer, but are also re­spon­si­ble for pre­ma­ture age­ing as they pen­e­trate deep into the skin. Wrin­kles, pig­men­ta­tion and leath­ery skin are all signs of UVA dam­age. Ul­tra­vi­o­let B rays are the pri­mary cause of sun­burn, skin can­cer and even eye dam­age. A type of sun­screen that helps pro­tect you from both UVA and UVB rays. For­mu­lated with in­gre­di­ents such as oxy­ben­zone and ho­mos­alate that work to ab­sorb and soak up UV rays be­fore they can pen­e­trate your skin. Cre­ates a phys­i­cal bar­rier be­tween the sun and your skin. Made from min­eral in­gre­di­ents like ti­ta­nium diox­ide and zinc ox­ide, they work to de­flect and scat­ter rays.

AL­WAYS READ THE LA­BEL. USE ONLY AS DI­RECTED. AVOID PRO­LONGED PE­RI­ODS IN THE SUN. WEAR PRO­TEC­TIVE CLOTH­ING, HATS AND EYE­WEAR WHEN EX­POSED TO THE SUN.

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