Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunscreen101: What Broad Spectrum Really Means

 A lot of brands like to flaunt the fact that their sunscreen is a "broad spectrum" sunscreen, oh how fancy. But what does broad spectrum even mean?? Well you're in for a treat because I'm going to demystify this mysterious label for you guys :)

UV stands for Ultraviolet radiation, which has wavelengths shorter than visible light, thus making it invisible to the naked eye.
These wavelengths are classified into 3 groups:
UVA is the longest, UVB middle, UVC shortest wavelength 
UVC is absorbed by the ozone layer (it doesn't reach the earth!), so UVA and UVB are our main       concern for skin cancer and other skin diseases.

A broad spectrum sunscreen is one that "provides proportional protection against UVA and UVB rays". Yes, that how a sunscreen can pass the FDA's Broad Spectrum Test.
In other words, broad spectrum means UVA and UVB protection. Simple as that. 
I hope this helps!

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