Need Help Finding the Best Sunscreen? It’s More than Just the Numbers!

Need Help Finding the Best Sunscreen? It’s More than Just the Numbers!

June 24, 2020 by Beckman

Posted By Stevie Wilson on Jun 1, 2020 | 0 comments

What Makes a Great Sunscreen? It’s more than just the smell or how much it costs. Don’t think that the highest SPF you find (100) is the best choice. It’s more than just the numbers. It’s about ingredients!

I am a big fan of sunscreens! I found out the hard way that you need to use them every day – year-round! The UVA/UVB exposure doesn’t stop just because it’s snowing or the sky is grey and overcast!

I have written about sunscreens (AKA sunblock) for many years. I learned from more than one dermatologist that I should be using better quality sunscreens and using them daily which includes repeat applications during the day.

Here are some of my reviews of various sunscreens:
Summer Skin Needs Sunscreens! Six Sunscreen Brands You Should Try!

Getting the Most Effective Sunscreens for Your Bucks!! “I Am THE Makeup Junkie” Marie P Helps You Find the RIGHT One!!

Not All Sunblocks and Skincare Are the Same! Get SERIOUS Skincare from MD Skincare and Prevent Skin Cancer.
Scorching Summer Days & Steaming Summer Nights

There are more posts about sunscreens/sunblocks, but this gives you some great posts for you to check out.

Now there’s a “New Kid on the Block”  when it comes to sunscreens. This one is  REALLY great. I am so impressed, I may have fallen in love with this one.  Lucky for me, I got a tube to test drive.


I was provided a sample of Theraderm’s Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen for me to review.  Without a sample product for me to try, there would be no review – just the brand’s information.  Samples enable my reviews so that I can see how functional the product is. Without a sample, there would be no review!

 Theraderm’s Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen will change your feeling about sunscreens!
This product is the latest entry into the sunscreen market and it emerged just in time for summer use.

What about SPF?

The magic SPF or “sun protection factor” is based on multiples of one’s Minimal Erythema Dose, the number of minutes that your skin can be exposed to direct sunlight before identifiable redness occurs. Ideally, the SPF value relates to the ability of the sunscreen to filter out sunburn and cancer-causing UVB rays.

Modern sunscreens contain multiple chemicals that act individually to absorb solar energy to protect your skin. Each active ingredient has a determined “SPF value” based on its concentration. The sum of each of the active SPF values is the number then given for SPF of the finished product.

However, figuring out which SPF is optimal can seem daunting. The problem is that many of the FDA-approved protective ingredients capture the same wavelength rays as others. Since you cannot catch the same particle twice, the total SPF values often are misleading. In fact, a Sun Protection Factor of 100 is only marginally better than SPF 30 (blocking just 2% more UVB rays). With so many options out there, how can you choose the rating that’s healthiest for your skin?

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May, James Beckman, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Adjunct, Associate Clinical Professor-Dermatology Department at UAMS (Arkansas Medical School), helped decipher why SPF 43 is your sunscreen sweet spot

Here’s a video from Theraderm about this sunscreen:

The Magic Number

When formulating Theraderm ingredients, Dr. Beckman details that the odd number SPF 43 is the most effective sun protection for these reasons:

Each active ingredient traps different wavelengths than other actives

–Delivers the max non-oily moisturizing effect to the skin

–Provides the widest spectrum protection of both UVA (aging) and UVB (cancer-causing) wavelengths

Won’t burn or sting eyes if sweat or swimming causes migration

Theraderm Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen SPF 43 holds this unique SPF number and includes zinc oxide to protect against UVA radiation. The tiny zinc particles act like millions of small mirrors on the surface of the skin to reflect the sun’s aging rays away.
This sunscreen also provides UVB protection by using several different organic molecule types that actually absorb UVB energy and are broken down to take the damage so that skin doesn’t have to.

The basics of Theraderm Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen SPF 43!

  • Broad-spectrum SPF 43 sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Does not clog pores or produce a white sheen
  • Lightweight formulation is perfect for application under make-up

Active Ingredients:

Does Not Contain:

  • Parabens
  • Oils
  • Fragrances


I LOVE  THERADERM Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen SPF 43.  This product is one of the very few products that has delivered serious innovation. One of my biggest gripes with sunblock and sunscreens is that the product often drags on the skin when applying it and it leaves a white residue (whether cream or lotion) on the skin.
It makes smoothing out the white residue very difficult. The white residue also lingers on the face and it’s often that I have experienced sunscreen or sunblock getting in my eyes – and that hurts!

There is no difficulty in spreading Theraderm’s Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen! It’s a thin liquid that spreads very easily and it vanishes really fast thanks to its speedy absorption. It feels smooth and it doesn’t irritate eyes at all. (YAY!!!). I have used this product on humid days, very hot days with high temperatures, and also under makeup. There’s no melting or leaking of the product due to humidity and scorching temperatures and the bliss of this product is that I can put on my foundation right after my application of this sunscreen.  My foundation’s color stays true and the sunscreen doesn’t interfere with my makeup application!  No pilling, no drag, no white residue! I LOVE IT!
I don’t say this lightly!  It’s not inexpensive but it works so exceptionally well that it’s worth the price. It’s much less than higher-end branded sunscreens- and you get more too!

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I have been using Theraderm Platinum Protection Facial Sunscreen SPF 43  for weeks– and I am so very happy that I have it.

Stevie Wilson,

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