What is Broad Spectrum Sunscreen?
A sunscreen labeled Broad Spectrum offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
It is not necessarily a “broad-spectrum” or waterproof/sweat-proof sunscreen just because it say SPF 15.
You’ll want to remember and look for the words “broad spectrum” which blocks UVA and UVB (very important!) rays and you’ll want “waterproof or sweat-proof” because it will stay on longer when your skin gets wet.
Make sure that the label uses the both the terms “UVA/UVB” protection and “broad spectrum” on the label if you want to most effectively protect skin.
1. LA Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 40
Thanks to its super-stable UVA blocker, Mexoryl SX, this fragrance free lotion protects longer than any other broad spectrum sunscreens that break down in the sun. The formula is also fast absorbing, which allows you to put makeup on top without a heavy feel.
This sunscreen contains broad spectrum protection which means it provide both UVA and UVB protection from the sun.
What is Mexoryl?
MEXORYL™ SX is the most effective FDA-approved organic filter designed to protect against short UVA rays (maximum absorption at 344nm) with high photostability, a key factor in sunscreen protection efficacy. This high photostability means the sunscreen will maintain a higher UVA protective ability longer and not degrade as quickly as other FDA approved UVA filters when exposed to the sun.
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Active photobarrier complex. With natural soy and vitamins A, C and E. Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for the fact with SPF 70 is formulated to provide better, longer-lasting sun protection in a convenient, one-touch spray that allows you to spray the product at any angel without clogging – even upside down.
This waterproof, lightweight sunblock combines patented Active Photobarrier Complex, which maintains broad spectrum protection over time against the sun’s harmful rays, with natural soy proteins and antioxidants to help shield your skin from environmental pollutions.
3. Burt’s Bee Sunscreen:
New~ Chemical-Free Sunscreen with hemp seed oil ~ SPF 30 ~ UVA/UVB Protection
High Protection from the sun’s harmful rays, naturally
How it Works
This 100% natural, non-whitening formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps keep skin hydrated without using chemical sunscreen actives like octinoxate and oxybenzone.
Instead, titanium dioxide, a naturally-occurring mineral creates a micro-fine barrier on your skin to reflect the sun’s harmful rays. Our natural sunscreen is effective upon application and safe for kids.