Even if we’re spending most of our days indoors, our skin is still exposed to damaging UV light.

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There are two kinds of rays that can cause serious damage to your skin: UVA and UVB rays. UVAs are the rays you think of when it comes to skin damage, you know, wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots––and they can reach you through your windows.⁣ While UVB rays are less likely to penetrate through windows, they are super intense rays that cause sunburns and are known to play a key role in the development of skin cancer.

Important Things to Consider When Searching for Sunscreen

Active ingredients: Look at the ingredients, mineral sunscreen will list zinc and/or titanium dioxide only––if the label says “mineral-based” chances are it’s been mixed with chemical ingredients.

Broad-spectrum: This means your sunscreen offers the ultimate protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Water-resistance: If you’re planning to go on an outdoor adventure, look for a sunscreen that states it’s water-resistant and has undergone a forty- to eighty-minute test.

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