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Know the Ingredients for UVA Protection
Most sunscreen formulas offer reliable UVB protection, so your focus should be on the UVA. To ensure you are protected from the anti-ageing effects of the sun, it is essential for your sunscreen to have one of the following ingredients.
UVA Active Ingredients 'Broad Spectrum'
- Benzophenones (oxybenzone)
- Cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate)
- Zinc Oxide
- Titanium Dioxide
- Ecamsule (often listed by its trade name, Mexoryl SX)
In Europe, you have more options for UVA protection, such as: Mexoryl XL, the oil-soluble version of Mexoryl SX, Tinosorb S, and Tinosorb M. These ingredients have not been approved in the U.S. (but are under review). European sunscreens with these ingredients are unfortunately, inaccessible from U.S. retailers.
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