How to Shop for a Strong Sunscreen

Make Sure Your Sunscreen Checks these 3 Boxes

the truth about why most face serums are not worth the money

Did you know that you should also wear sunscreen on gloomy days? UVA and UVB rays from sunlight are invisible yet responsible for causing multiple signs of skin aging. However, during the spring and summer, UVB rays are especially strong (1).

- UVA rays cause visible damage, from tanning and dark spots to wrinkles. They can also cause skin damage that leads to tanning as well as skin aging and wrinkles.

- UVB rays go deeper ; they are responsible for sunburns and can contribute to developing skin cancer.

Checkbox #1:
To make sure you’re covered from both UVA and UVB rays, select a sunscreen that says “Broad spectrum” on the label.

Is Higher SPF Always Better? Simply put, yes.
Sunscreen will not prevent tanning but it works to help prevent sunburns.

The SPF number is about UVB radiation and represents how long it would take to generally cause sunburn in comparison to not wearing any sunscreen but this may differ for each individual.
SPF level also reflects the intensity of UVB exposure that your skin is protected against.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 30 allows up to 50 percent more UVB radiation exposure (2).

However, even when using a sunscreen that has SPF 50 or even 70, you are still prone to UV skin damage. Make sure to limit your time in the sun, make sure shade is accessible, wear a fabulous wide-brimmed sun hat, stay hydrated, and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Checkbox #2: For more protection, select a waterproof sunscreen with SPF 50 or SPF 50+. 

As a skincare company founded for a cancer survivor, we take a conservative approach and try to avoid any unnecessary or suspicious ingredients that may cause hormone disruption or skin irritation.

Two common ingredients in many sunscreens that we look to avoid are avobenzone and oxybenzone.

Although the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says both ingredients are safe to apply, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents to ideally avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone on their kids.

So far there have been many studies on the connection between these sunscreen ingredients, including one where oxybenzone was found in human breast milk from the adult having frequently used sunscreen with oxybenzone (3).

Non-nano zinc is a safe sunscreen ingredient alternative that is becoming more common.


Have you dealt with the pale “white cast” on your face after applying sunscreen?
It can make anyone not want to apply sunscreen at all.

A common ingredient that causes effect is titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is added in many skincare product formulations, often moisturizers and sunscreens, to fake a luxurious creamy texture and opaque white color.

Ideally, we recommend avoiding titanium dioxide in skin care products in general, and select a gel based sunscreen. Stay protected and hydrated as possible when enjoying the outdoors.

Checkbox #3: Inspect the ingredients list and try to avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone and avobenzone.

Have you dealt with the pale “white cast” on your face after applying sunscreen?

It can make anyone not want to apply sunscreen at all. A common ingredient that causes effect is titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is added in many skincare product formulations, often moisturizers and sunscreens, to fake a luxurious creamy texture and opaque white color.

Ideally, we recommend avoiding titanium dioxide in skin care products in general, and select a gel based sunscreen. Stay protected and hydrated as possible when enjoying the outdoors.

The Forté Cream comes in an ultra-hydrating gel cream hybrid texture that is suitable for all skin types from oily to very dry skin.

Free of titanium dioxide, mineral oil, parabens, and more, the Forté Cream gets its truly luxurious creamy texture and color from nourishing, whipped virgin shea butter. 

See Brighter & Tighter Skin with the
Serum-infused Forté Cream

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