Why You Need Infrared Protection In Your Sunscreen

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When it comes to protecting your skin in the summer, using the right sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection is of the uptmost importance. However, if that’s all it has, it won’t be enough. Your sunscreen also needs to protect skin from infrared-A (aka IRA) rays as well, and here’s why.

Besides the sun (more than half of the solar energy skin gets are from IRA rays), these rays can also come from less-obvious places. When you blow-dry your hair, or even get a gel manicure, your skin is exposed to them. IRA rays travel even deeper into skin than UVA and UVB rays, causing free radicals that further accelerate skin aging. What you’re left with are fine lines and wrinkles no matter how much sunscreen you’re putting on.

So what is your sunscreen missing? Potent antioxidants like vitamins A,C and E that can counteract those free radicals and keep skin looking young and smooth. That’s why we love Supergoop’s Sun Care products. Packed with super broad-spectrum protection of UVA, UVB and IRA rays, skin gets the ultimate shield from the sun and everything else that emits harmful, aging aggressors, from the City Sunscreen Serum ($42) to the Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil ($34).

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