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Your Skin and The Sun

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.

Melanoma causes 2 out of 4 of skin cancer deaths.

What do I need in a sunscreen?

Sun protection is required to

reduce the risk of skin cancer

and premature aging. The AAD

and Skin Cancer Foundation

recommend sunscreens with:

~SPF 30 or greater

~Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB


~Water Resistance

SPF - What does it mean?

SPF stands for

"Sun Protection Factor" and

indicates how many times longer

it takes to redden skin with

sunscreen vs. without. (I.e.: with

SPF 30 it will take 30 times longer

to redden the skin than without).

What is Broad Spectrum?

Both UVA and UVB cause cancer.

UVB leads to the classic visible

"sunburn" but UVA penetrates more

deeply, causing greater wrinkles

and aging. SPF measures UVB

protection ONLY. A seperate test

is required to prove that a

sunscreen provides BOTH

UVA & UVB protection for the

labeled value.

How much UV is Prevented?

Protection increases with SPF

additional benefit is limited above

SPF 30-45. SPF 15, 30, and

45 provide 92%, 97% and 98%

UV protection respectively.

Increasing SPF from 30 to 45

only added 1% more protection

and NO sunscreen can block 100%.

For this reason, the FDA prevents

excessively high ratings to avoid a

false sense of security and the

AAD and Skin Cancer Foundation

recommend SPF 30 or higher.

Is sunscreen needed every day, year round?

Yes. While UVB reduces in winter and heavily blocked by glass, UVA (which causes wrinkles

and cancer), is not blocked by glass and is almost equally intense year round. Since sun

damage is cumulative, 30 minutes of walking or commuting every day leads to the same sun

exposure as 22 consecutive 8 hour days of sun on the beach.

How can Antioxidants Help?

Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules created by sun exposure - even when

protected - that can lead to cellular damage, premature aging and cancer. Antioxidants help

bind, stabilize, & eliminate radicals.

What is Ultraviolet (UV) light?

Ultraviolet is a color of light just beyond human vision. UV light that reaches the Earth's

surface is broken into two groups - ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Although

invisible to the naked eye, UVA & UVB rays play a significant role in conditions such as

premature aging, eye damage & skin cancers.

UVB (Burning) Rays

UVB (Burning) rays are what people classically equate with sun exposure. These rays cause

sunburns and increase the risk of cancer & premature aging. Intensity varies by season,

location and time of day, and is most intense in the summer between 10am and 4pm. SPF

measures the degree of protection against these rays only.

UV Radiation - What's the risk?

Both UVA & UVB radiation increase the risk of cancer and cause premature photo-aging

including wrinkles, uneven texture & sun spots. UV radiation is considered the main cause

of skin cancers (both melanoma and non-melanoma) with more than 2 million diagnosed

each year in the US alone. Further, 3 out of 4 cancer deaths in the US are attributable to skin


Find a sunscreen you want to wear

This is the most important and often overlooked requirement. Almost everyone owns

sunscreen, but few are willing to wear it daily because they dislike the way it feels smells,


Look for additional benefits

Sunscreens can incorporate ingredients with additional benefits, such as enhanced oil-

control, moisturizers for increased hydration and antioxidants for increased free radical


What sunscreen is best for me?

Choose a sunscreen that you'll be willing to wear every day that also meets the criteria of the

American Academy of Dermatology. Selecting a sunscreen that you'll be willing to wear daily

is the single most important long-term anti-aging and cancer prevention decision you can


What do we use at AAG?

We love Jan Marini SKin Research suncreens! All of JMSR's sunscreens utilize antioxidants,

hydrators, and advanced ingredients, such as microscopic oil absorbing sponges, to greatly

enhance the feeling and wearability of the product while simultaneously improving overall

protection. Furthermore, JMSR's sunscreens offer broad spectrum protection and meet or

exceed the AAD's criteria for sun protection & water resistance.

Three kinds to choose from!

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33

Enhanced with hydrators & antioxidants

Weightless, cosmetically elegant formula

Oil capture systems helps control breakthrough shine

Broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection

Water resistant 80 min

Marini Physical Protectant Tinted SPF 45

Enhanced with multiple antioxidants

Pure physical protectant with a universal tint

Oil capture systems helps control breakthrough shine

Broad spectrum UVA & UVB Protection

Water resistant 80 min

Marini Physical Protectant Untinted SP$ 30

Multiple advanced antioxidants for enhanced benefit

Hydrating, pure-physical protectant

Oil capture systems helps control breakthrough shine

Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB Protection

Water resistant 80 min

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