Ever wonder what the best sunscreen SPF is? Which is the safe sunscreen? What's the link between sunscreen and cancer? In late June we held a Healthy Summer Skincare Q&A Forum on on our Facebook page. Fans of our page asked these and other common sunscreen questions.
Their questions were answered directly by Dr. Tony Kovacs, D.O., N.D., B.Ac., executive vice president and science & technical officer of Skin Elements USA, makers of Soleo Organics natural sunscreen. There was so much good information - in easy-to-understand language - generated through this exchange, we felt it might be helpful to share it. This is essentially a transcript of the sunscreen portion of the forum.
Q. (Kristina Z.) How long does it take for sunscreen to properly absorb into the skin?
A. (Dr. Tony Kovacs) Kristina, sunscreen should absorb into your skin within 5-10 minutes max. The chemical sunscreens take a little longer to work, they need about 20 -30 minutes to absorb and begin their action, physical sunscreens work a little faster.
Q. (Athena TDR.) What is the best SPF to give you proper protection?
A. (Dr. Tony Kovacs) The best SPF is SPF 30+, any number above that range is misleading. SPF 30+ gives 96-98% protection from UV.
Q. (Andrea T.) I've been using one of the top SPF 30/complete spectrum mineral sunscreens (on EWG's list) on my toddler, but he is getting a bit of a tan. I think I'm applying enough based on the whitish cast the sunscreen leaves on his skin, so am not sure what I'm doing wrong. Help!
A. (Dr. Tony Kovacs) No sunscreen protects 100 % so no matter what you use, there will always be some UV that gets through. SPF 30+ gives 96-98% protection from UV (highest).