SPF: Reaching New Heights

Do you find yourself staring blankly at the wall of sunscreen in your local drugstore?  With so many options, how do you know you're choosing the right one for ultimate protection? This year, Neutrogena came out with Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock 100+.  Yes, an SPF of 100, but don't be fooled, the higher the number doesn't necessarily mean it offers better protection.

Make sure you choose an SPF of 15 or higher with UVA fighting ingredients such as avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. It's the UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer.  According to a recent article in the New York Times, "The difference in UVB protection between SPF 100 and SPF 50 is marginal."

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50, $13.99, is a great daily facial moisture. It's non-greasy formula hydrates the skin, protects it from harmful rays and is loaded with Vitamin E to protect it from free radicals.  

Toss La Roche-Posay Anthelios 15 Sunscreen Cream, $30, into your beach tote. This water-resistant sunscreen contains Mexoryl SX and has just the right level of SPF.

Don't forget your hair!  Protect your color with Aveda Sun Care Protective hair Veil, $26. It's a water-resistant spray that protects your strands from UVA/UVB rays.  A mixture of cinnamon bark oils, wintergreen, Vitamin E, green tea, shea butter, coconut and palm oils will keep your dye job from fading.

Besides protecting yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses to shade yourself from the sun is always in style.  Check out this article on DERMAdoctor.com that gives the best tips and advice on choosing the best physical sun blockers.