Sunscreen 101

July 19, 2006

It has been absolutely sizzling here in Chi-town for the past few days so I wanted to do an entry on sunscreens and clear up some of the misconceptions about them.

* SPF is short for Sun Protection Factor and it multiplies the amount of time before you burn by the SPF. For instance, if it takes 20 minutes for you to burn, an SPF of 4 will allow you to stay in the sun for 80 minutes before you burn.

* Always wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15. I personally use one with SPF 30.

* Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, meaning it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin and cause tanning, premature aging and contribute to skin cancer. UVB rays cause burning and contribute to skin cancer as well.

* You need at least a shot glass of sunscreen to get sufficient protection. If you spread it thinly, the effect is less than the SPF factor listed on the bottle.

* Remember to slather on your sunblock at least 20 to 30 minutes before going out.

* Think you can apply sunscreen in the morning and be protected for the whole day? Wrong! Sunscreen needs to be reapplied after two hours and immediately after swimming or vigorous activity.

Looking for a sunblock? Check out my Sunscreen Reviews!


  • Reply Anonymous July 19, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    hi i love your blog! i was wondering what eyeshadow brands/shades you would reccomend for a nice smoky eye. i’m looking for something blackish, and slightly shimmery.
    thanks 😀

  • Reply Phyllis July 21, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Thanks =) I personally LOVE MAC so I would recommend MAC’s Blacktied and Knight Divine eyeshadows. You can also try Bourjois’ eyeshadow trio in Les Argents (it comes with 3 coordinating colors which are great for a smoky eye). I wrote an entry on this, you should check it out:

  • Reply Phyllis July 21, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    You can also try MAC’s new mineralize eyeshadow duo in Persona/Screen Vinyl. I tested this out at the store today and it has a shimmery white and a shimmery black which are both great for a smoky eye.

  • Reply lvyellow February 16, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Phyllis! I was wondering, because its starting to get pretty hot here in California and the hot season is approaching, if you could do a review of several kinds of sunscreen? thank you. =)

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