In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, BRUSH ON BLOCK® has been sharing some common-sense Sun Protection Tips. This is the final installment of our 3-week series, we hope it has encouraged you to be diligent in your use of sunscreen!
- IS IT WATER RESISTANT? If it doesn’t say it clearly on the package, it probably is not. Brush On Block has earned the FDA’s highest Water Resistance rating, 80 minutes. (There is also a 40 minute rating.) Be sure to reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately if you towel dry.
- GO REEF-FRIENDLY. Hawaii was the first to ban certain sunscreen ingredients to protect the integrity of their reefs, but other locales are following suit. (Many Mexican resorts, Key West Florida, the Caribbean island of Bonaire and the island nation of Palau all have bans, and more are expected.) Do not use sunscreen (or moisturizer or foundation) containing Oxybenzone or Octinoxate if you will be in the ocean.
- DON’T BOTHER WITH SUPER HIGH SPF. SPF 30 blocks 97% of the suns rays, while SPF 50 blocks only 1% more. Higher than SPF 50 has an even smaller percentage increase. Additionally, tests have shown that the higher SPF a person applies, the longer they tend to stay in the sun, even though they are not truly protected for longer. It is recommended to use between SPF 30 and 50 every day and reapply every 2 hours.
- TAKE IT WITH YOU. Whether you’re going on a tropical vacation, or trekking through the snow, Brush On Block fits in your pocket so that you always have sunscreen handy. Best of all, the TSA won’t scowl at you for forgetting to put your sunscreen in your liquids bag, because Brush On Block sails through TSA like the powder that it is!