What are broad-spectrum sunscreens?

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So, now you know what an SPF is you also know that it only protects you against UVB. Which is great, if you don’t want sunburn. But what if you don’t want prematurely aged skin and wrinkles either? Then your sunscreen will of course need to be a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both. You may be surprised to hear that not all sunscreens on the market actually do this.

There is currently no rating for UVA protection. Some manufactures may add it as a star rating but there is no consistent rating symbol across the board. There’s an easy way to tell if your sunscreen is definitely broad-spectrum though. It will contain at least one of the following ingredients:

  • Ecamsule
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Sulisobenzone
  • Zinc oxide

A quick tip: all the sunscreens on our site are broad-spectrum, so you can rest assured that you don’t need to think about this too hard whilst you’re browsing.

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