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What do all of those numbers on the bottles mean anyway? And how do you pick the right one?

SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor. Think of it as a rating that tells you how well your skin will be shielded from the sun using spray or lotion.

But what about the numbers?

SPF allows us to filter out harmful UVB rays (or sunburn rays). Research tells us that the SPF equation goes something like this: 15 SPF is equal to filtering 93% of the sun’s UVB rays. That isn’t enough to keep you from getting burned though. SPF 30 is about 97% protection.

Sunscreen can be applied in layers, like in your moisturizer or with your makeup, but you should always reapply. After too much time in the sun, the sunscreen will begin to be broken down by the sun’s rays. After any type of sweating, exposure to water or to the sun, you should always reapply.

At Beyond Complexion, we are obsessed with skincare and sunscreen is a surefire way to fight back against discoloration, skin cancers, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

Here are some of our favorite non-traditional sunscreen products:

Loose Mineral Foundation Skincare Makeup:  A 100% non-comedogenic foundation powder that feels like your own skin. All-natural minerals provide light-to-heavy coverage while also blocking the sun’s harmful rays.

Vitamin C+ Sheer Defense SPF 30 Sunscreen: Vitamin C + antioxidants + sunscreen = better skin and UVA/UVB protection. This lightweight sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants to fight free radicals, improve the appearance of aged, fragile skin, and discoloration.

Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 46:  Mattifying, oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 46 that adapts to your skin color to enhance skin tone with long-lasting hydration. The universal tint of Sheer Defense Tinted SPF 46 provides a smooth and even complexion, effectively masking imperfections, for beautifully radiant skin.

Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 30: Lightweight moisturizer reduces redness and discoloration while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our lightweight yet super moisturizing mix of aloe vera, vitamin E, and botanical oils hydrates skin without clogging pores.

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