Sun Facts


Q. How do I determine what SPF I need?
The amount of protection depends on the type of your skin and the geographic location. To learn more, please visit our Find Your SPF page.

Q. I am new to tanning, can you give me some sun tanning tips?
A. The SPF factor measures a product’s ability to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. People with fair complexions, or when first starting to tan or expose your skin to the sun, should start off with a product that has an SPF factor under 15 but not less than 8. Start with 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun and gradually increase the time as your body becomes more tanned.

The whole body needs to be exposed to the sun to avoid white patches of unexposed skin. Use a sun hat and goggles to protect your head and eyes from the heat. And drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. By keeping the skin well hydrated, it ensures the skin remain full of freshness and vitality.

Q. What should I do after sun tanning?
A. You are encourage to use Ocean Potion Moisturizing Aloe Lotion to moisturize your skin and keep your tan last longer. To get the best result of a smoothing, cooling effect from Ocean Potion Aloe Gel, keep it in the refrigerator for that extra cooling sensation.

Q. Are your products waterproof?
The FDA monograph on sun protection products dictate that no products indicate ‘water proofing’. However, all Ocean Potion products are water/sweat resistant up to 80 minutes in the water or from exertion. Sun blocks must be reapplied after towel drying.

Q. Do Ocean Potion products have animal ingredients? Or tested on animals?
No, all Ocean Potion products DO NOT conduct animal testing nor contain any animal ingredients.

Q. What is the difference between oil, gel and lotion as it relates to preventing peeling/protection from the sun?
A. Primarily, the difference is the way they feel on your skin. It becomes a preference. Protection is the same, however oil and lotion are most popular because they are the best moisturizers and help prevent peeling.

Q. When is the best time to put on SPF sunblock?
About 30-45 minutes before you even go out into the sun. The pruduct needs to dry on the skin completely before it will be effective. We recommend applying around 1 ounce per application.

Q. How often should I reapply? Is there anything that wears down the layer of protection other than time?
Reapply as often as you towel off or when your SPF time limit is running out. Excessive sweating and wiping off the sweat will wear down the layer of protection faster. Also, excessive swimming will wear it down faster as well.

Q. If you are already sunburned, will a sunblock protect you from burning further?
A. Yes, using a higher SPF sunblock is important in preventing further sunburn.

Q. Is it possible to get burned on a cloudy day?
A. Yes, 80% of the sun’s damaging rays will penetrate the clouds.

Q. Is there a more dangerous time of day to sunbath?
A. Yes, particularly between 10am to 2pm.

Sun & Skin 101



The sun is over 6 billion years old, but it’s still going strong. Some say, stronger than ever. The sun’s ultraviolet light covers a wide spectrum: ultraviolet A (UVA) covers the long-wave spectrum while ultraviolet B (UVB) covers the shortwave rays.


The skin is the largest organ of your body. It has three layers: the epidermis (outer), basal (middle) and dermis (inner).

When your skin is exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, cells in your outer epidermis called melanocytes produce melanin, the pigment that becomes absorbed by surrounding skin cells. When melanin is exposed the longer UVA rays, it darkens as it oxidizes, creating a darker complexion.


Broad Spectrum


Even such quick daily tasks as walking to your car or mailbox can initiate skin damage. Prevention requires Broad Spectrum protection from the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that cause sunburn and the entire ultraviolet A (UVA) range. While researchers once believed only UVB rays were damaging, more and more evidence suggests protection from UVA rays is equally important. Repeated exposure to the shorter UVA II wavelength and the longer wavelength UVA I may result in excessive dryness, formation of fine lines, wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation, weakening of the skin’s immune system and skin cancer.


Avobenzone and Zinc Oxide are the only ingredients approved in the United States that provide both UVA I and UVA II protection. UVA I and UVA II protection is important in helping to protect skin from free radicals that cause photo-aging – wrinkles, brown spots and leathery-looking skin over time. Other FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredients are often necessary in order to provide proper broad spectrum, UVA and UVB sunrays, protection. Protection from UVB rays of the sun is important in helping to prevent sunburn, skin cancer and skin aging.


Over the last few years pioneering research work has been ongoing at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Pennsylvania using biomarkers to determine the UVA protective values of various UVA filters. In vivo studies on human skin have confirmed the benefits of the combination of the Broad Spectrum UVA filter, Parsol 1789 and other UVB filters in providing optimal protection from repetitive exposure to UV light.

The studies were conducted by Kays Kaidbey, MD Adjunct Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. The following changes were measured: Epidermal Thickening (associated with UVB damage), Sun Burn Cells, p53 Mutations (marker of epidermal DNA damage, Special Enzyme Deposition (the enzyme lysozyme indicates damage to skin’s elastin fibers, and Dermal Inflation (indicates damage to the deeper layers of the dermis).