What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer. Determine which SPF is right for you based on skin type and how you will be spending your time in the sun.
How Do I Determine Skin Type?
Do you burn often? If so, you need a product that offers strong protection from the sun, even when you’re not bathing in it. Use at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection product.
Do you burn moderately and tan gradually? Just because you eventually tan, it doesn’t mean you don’t need protection. Try using NO-AD® SPF 50 Lotions.
Do you rarely or just slightly burn? If so, try using NO-AD® SPF 30 Lotion for extended time in the sun.
Do I need to take extra precautions for my family if they are taking medications and in the Sun? Photosensitization, an increased sensitivity to sun exposure, is a possible side effect of certain medications. This includes certain kinds of antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants. Consult your physician or pharmacist regarding photosensitization related to any prescription medicines.
At what age should my baby begin wearing an SPF product? Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin is thinner and incapable of producing enough melanin to adequately protect itself. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, for babies older than 6 months and continuing throughout adolescence, the chances of sun damage or developing skin cancer are greatly reduced when using a proper level of broad spectrum UV protection.