Sunscreen Rating Systems

You may be confused by a newly noticed graphic with plus signs (+) located on skin care products for sun protection. You may be a product junkie and are already in the know. You may travel often or live in another country that uses this system as a standard practice.

What am I referring to? The PA system (Protection grade against UVA). This system is based on three levels: PA+, PA++ and PA+++. PA+ is the lowest level of protection against UVA rays while PA+++ is the highest level of protection against UVA radiation. This system was developed in Japan and is getting more recognition as product availability expands worldwide.

In the United States, SPF rating is the FDA standard in which we measure sunscreen’s effectiveness against UVB only. There is no rating system within the states to signify a products protection against UVA except for the labeling “Broad Spectrum.”

As more people become educated on the dangers of UVA, this PA rating system will surely gain more attention.


If you want to know more about the dangers of UVA please refer to my “Why you need to Protect Yourself from the Sun Year round” blog.


For more general information concerning sunscreen, please read my “Tips and Tricks you may not know About Sunscreen” blog.


Products to check out:
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 – PA+++ 

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 PA++ for Blemish-Prone Skin
Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++
dr.brandt signature BB cream with Flexitone
Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Supergoop SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream – Light/Medium
Supergoop SPF 35 Daily Correct CC Cream – Medium/Dark  

Blog Written by askderm’s in house Esthetician Chantal Monique
Chantal Monique is a NYS licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She has 7 years experience in skin care and makeup artistry. Her specialties include makeup application and facial treatments, which were featured on ABC’s Wife Swap. Chantal also has a background in the Fine Arts. With the unique combination of her education as well as the desire to help people feel beautiful, Chantal provides expert skin care knowledge for our customers as well as the must have ingredients and trending looks. With an ever growing portfolio and clientele askderm is excited to be teamed up with Chantal for future blogs, informational videos and skin care tips!

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