Broad Spectrum Protection: Why You Need It This Summer

At Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, we’ve prided ourselves in being one of the first one of the first sunscreens to transition to the new Broad Spectrum labeling requirements as mandated by the FDA June 2012 Final Rule. It’s something that has been important to us from the beginning – to have all of our bonding-base formula sunscreen be up to the government’s standards and provide a safe, healthy way for our customers to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays. For some of you, the words “broad spectrum” is unclear and vague when you pick up your sunscreen bottle; however we want you to know what this broad spectrum protection means to you and your family.

The true application process

For the first application of sunscreen, you should ideally be inside, at a cooler temperature, 15 minutes prior to going out in the sun when you start to apply. Your skin should be dry and you should liberally cover your body with whatever type of sunscreen you’re applying. For adults – it’s recommended that you use one ounce of sunscreen on your body, which measures out to be about a shot glasses’ worth. We also recommend that if you want to receive the best broad spectrum protection, you should allow the formula to absorb into your skin for about 30 minutes before you head out into the sun.

Should you reapply? The answer is always yes!

Many people do not receive the broad spectrum protection they need because they do not reapply their sunscreen. If you’re sweating, swimming, in the wind, or just outside in general, you must reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours for the best coverage possible. Unfortunately, broad spectrum protection doesn’t last forever when you’re in the sun, so making sure you reapply is essential in keeping your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

Want to know more about broad spectrum protection? You can visit our FAQ page or read more about our bonding base formula for all the information on sun safety.