Here’s Why SPF 60 Sunscreen Isn’t Doing You Any Good

You might think you’re getting 30 times the skin protection, but it’s actually only a few percentage points more.

It’s hot, it’s sunny, the world is calling to you and the beach is your best friend. Like every good citizen, you want to get all the glorious vitamin D you can while the time is ripe this summer, but not at the cost of damaging your skin.

What do you do? You don a dishy hat, slather on your favorite sunscreen and step outside. You’re protected and you know it.

But buyer beware: if you’re wearing a sunscreen with an SPF over 50 you could be setting yourself up for trouble.

According to a report on Business Insider, sunscreens rated higher than SPF 50 only offer you a small margin of additional protection compared to those with lower ratings. It’s not like SPF 80 offers 30 times more protection than SPF 50, apparently. But we often feel like it does.

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As a result, when you apply what seems to be heavy-duty sunscreen, your lotion could be playing mind games with you.

Studies show that people are less likely to re-apply sunscreens higher than SPF 50, and this can result in a sunburn, when you thought it least likely.

And get this: according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 30 blocks almost 97% of UVB radiation from the sun, whereas SPF 100 blocks just 2% more. As if!

You best bet? Go for a lower SPF- somewhere between 15 and 20- and reapply it every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating. And if you like, go one step further and get one of these.

Your summer was never so safe.

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