Vanicream™ Sunscreen SPF 50+ provides the highest-level broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB sun rays in a light, transparent formula that contains no irritating chemical sunscreens. While many properly labeled sunscreens protect the skin from sun's burning UVB rays, Vanicream SPF 50+ sunscreen contains Titanium Dioxide and more Zinc Oxide than the SPF 30 sunscreen to additionally protect from UVA radiation. UVA rays not only contribute to skin damage and premature aging of the skin, but also intensify the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays, and have even become suspect as being a direct cause of cancer. Like all Vanicream products, the SPF 50+ is formulated for those with sensitive skin, so contains no ingredients known to aggravate or trigger skin sensitivities. Vanicream™ SPF 50+ Sunscreen comes in a 4-oz tube. (SPF 30 and SPF 35 Sport Sunscreens sold separately).
Sunscreen can help prevent the short- and long-term damaging effects of sunlight, but overexposure to the sun should be avoided, even with sunscreen.
|¹||Vanicream™ skin care products have always been known for what is NOT in them. Please see this list of common chemical irritants often found in other products, and why they can be so irritating.|
Understanding UVA and UVB
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor
The SPF number is a measure of a sunscreen's ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin and indicates how long you can stay in the sun without burning. For example, a person that normally burns (or begins reddening) in 10 minutes when out in the sun without protection, could theoretically stay out 15 times longer (150 minutes) and not burn (or redden) by applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15. However, depending on the UV intensity of the sun's rays and other factors, sunburns could occur in a much shorter time.
The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that, while no sunscreen can block all UVB rays, “most sunscreens with an SPF or 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB,” for normal everyday activities, while sunscreens with “SPFs of 30 or higher (are) acceptable for extended or intense outdoor exposures.” According to the Foundation, the approximate percentage of UVB rays blocked for each of the SPF numbers shown below is:
Broad Spectrum ProtectionUnder the FDA's new June 2011 standards (which took effect Dec. 31, 2012), sunscreens may only be labeled "Broad Spectrum" if they provide the same proportional protection against both UVB and UVA radiation. In other words, sunscreens labeled "Broad Spectrum" today must block approximately:
Vanicream™ SPF 30, SPF 35, and SPF 50+ Sunscreens all qualify as "Broad Spectrum" sunscreens under FDA standards.
Ingredients ‐ Vanicream™ Sunscreen SPF 50+:
Directions for Use - Vanicream™ Sunscreens:
|¹||In the eyes of the FDA, there is no such thing as a "waterproof" sunscreen because once water interacts with sunscreen it becomes less effective. As a result, on June 24, 2011, the FDA issued new rules that, in part, no longer allow the terms "sunblock," "sweatproof," or "waterproof" on sunscreen labels. Sunscreens may be "water resistant," but must specify on the label whether they protect the skin for 40 minutes or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing.Vanicream™ SPF 30, SPF 35 Sport and SPF 50+ Sunscreens have been tested and found to meet the maximum amount of water resistance (80 minutes) allowed by the new FDA regulations. This appears on the sunscreens' product labels.|