The Mariposa Blog
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Daily Dose of Sunscreen Facts
In our research efforts developing our sunscreen product line, we have learned many interesting facts about sunscreen.
Did you know these important details for protecting your skin?
- A “serving size” of sunscreen for an average person should be a full shotglass.
- Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to exposure.
- Sunscreen, no matter the SPF level, should be applied every 2 hours.
- SPF 30 blocks 97.7 percent of those rays. And as you move up the scale (SPF 40 and 50, for instance) the number barely even changes
- Ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation is what causes people to tan. It triggers cells called melanocytes to produce melanin (the culprit behind melanoma), and melanin is the brown pigment behind tanning. Darker skinned people tan more deeply than lighter skinned people, so there's actually more risk of skin cancer.
Sunscreen applied early, often and sufficiently will drastically reduce skin damage and risk of skin cancer. Entering the sunscreen market, we are very happy to see this already $1 billion-plus industry growing each year as consumers become more savvy and concerned about protecting their skin!
Lisa Swain- Director of New Business Development