What You Should Know About Sunscreen

Between parents, spouses, and Arizona Sun reminding you to lather up frequently, you’re probably used to putting on sunscreen without thinking much about it. You know it helps prevent sunburn, dark spots, and reduce the risk of skin cancer, though it’s common to not know the actual science behind it. Arizona Sun is here to give you Sun Protection 101! 

What Ingredients Make Sunscreen Effective?

If you’re ever searching for sunscreen with 100% natural ingredients, chances are you won’t find it and, if you do, it really won’t be effective! Sunscreen requires chemical or mineral compounds to filter the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Arizona Sun has chosen to use chemical-compound ingredients for a few reasons. Unlike mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide or titanium oxide) that block the sun’s UV rays, chemical sunscreens filter the sun’s UV rays before they can damage skin. You’re probably wondering how that affects you. In short, mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin while chemical sunscreen penetrates below the surface. The layers below the surface of your skin are susceptible to damage and need protection too. 


Additionally, because chemical compound sunscreen penetrates below the skin’s surface, it doesn’t rub off or sweat off nearly as easily. Arizona Sun combines today’s most advanced skin science with natural ingredients from the desert, like aloe vera and jojoba extract, to provide the best sun protection and skincare on the market. Arizona Sun crafts sunscreen that doesn’t just protect your skin, it soothes and moisturizes as well. 

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When Do I Need to Wear Sunscreen?

It never hurts to put on sunscreen. You never know what the day holds so it’s always best to be prepared in case you end up with more sun exposure than planned. Rain or shine, outdoors or indoors, fair or tan, everyone needs to incorporate sunscreen into their daily routine. 


Consistent protection vs. one application is the difference between getting burned or not. Whichever Arizona Sun SPF factor works best for you, it’s always important to reapply every 2 hours when outside. According to the American Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays still reach the Earth on cloudy days. If you’ve ever skipped sunscreen on a cloudy day and wondered why you still got a little sunburn, now you know why. No matter the forecast, applying sunscreen every 2 hours on days spent outside is the best way to prevent sun damage. 


Even if most of your day is going to be spent inside, those quick in-and-out errands add up to a lot more sun exposure than you may realize, especially in the summer. Depending on your skin type, you may be more prone to sunburn even if you’re outside for just a short amount of time. Keep your favorite Arizona Sun sunscreen and Prickly Pear or LipKist lip balm in your bathroom, purse, and car so you’re always prepared, no matter what the day looks like. 


Have questions about sun protection? Arizona Sun has been in the suncare industry for over 38 years. We can answer just about anything and recommend the right products for you as well. Visit our website or call us toll-free to place your order: (800) 442.4786.

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