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What does SPF Mean?

What does SPF Mean?


A numbering system assigned to sunscreens to assist consumers in selecting the correct sunscreen for their skin type. The higher the number, the greater the protection. The number indicates how much your time spent in the sun can be multiplied before burning.

Example: If your skin burns in 10 minutes the SPF 4 would mean that you have 40 minutes (or 4 times longer) before your skin will burn. A SPF 15 would allow you 150 minutes. However in intense sun conditions play it safe and use more frequently. Whenever possible give your skin a 15-20 break every hour in shade or by covering.

If you sweat or you are in the water you need to apply more frequently. Our product is water resistant and we do not use petroleum products that are toxic to increase the water resistance. Water proof chemicals actually clog the skin pores and increase body heat.

SPF only reflects the products screening ability for UVB rays. There is no FDA-approved rating system that identifies UVA protection. Consumers should check for sunscreen products that also screen UVA rays ("broad-spectrum" sunscreens). ECOLANI's sunscreens provide full spectrum protection.

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