Do Higher Sunscreen Protection Factors Do Any Good?
Of course not; it’s all marketing hype; like phoney and meaningless ORAC values, which propel the network marketing industry.
The truth is, you don’t need anything above factor 15. That blocks around 94% of the suns rays. Why one Earth would you need more? It’s all a hoax that “more is better”.
The only way to block 100% sun is to stay indoors and hide in the dark. But I as I just told you in the other sunscreen article, you NEED sun to protect against cancers.
Hiding from the sun protects you from skin cancer is another of those stupid persistent and downright deadly myths that just goes on forever; not because it’s true but because doctors are too stupid to too timid to stand up to it.
Creating and fuelling the fear is what the personal health care industry thrives on. Yes, skin cancers are on the rise. But is the sun getting bigger? Hotter? Nearer?
Of course not! What is happening is that more and more people follow the advice to avoid the sun, lose the protection of vitamin D and then get the skin cancer when they even draw the curtains in the morning (OK, I’m exaggerating because I’m angry).
But the problem is being worsened every year, by making people fearful to live in the outdoors and be healthy.
Instead they are pasty white, vulnerable patsies, who get a cancer at the first blast of UVA. It’s awful, what’s being done here!
But of course, the industry only wants profits. So now the fear is running strong, the shelves are lined with products from companies such as Banana Boat, Coppertone, and Aveeno touting supposed-SPF ratings of 70+, 80, and 90+. Neutrogena has introduced Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with a factor of 100+.
It’s madness. It’s dishonest.
For one thing, the public is fooled into thinking a factor 80 is twice as good as factor 40; or factor 100 twice as good as a 50. It’s rubbish.
“SPF is not a consumer-friendly number,” says Florida dermatologist and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesman James M. Spencer, MD. “An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
You read that right: SPF 30 blocks 97% of the suns rays. Why go higher?
Even if this leaves you flabbergasted, don’t forget too that 75% of sunscreens don’t work at all! They are a fraud, according to the sixth annual guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) report “Sunscreens Exposed,” updated 2012.