Welcome to summer! We hear about it all the time – using that sunscreen. We’re inviting you to take action and put it on each and every day. We have some tips for making the right sunscreen choice and ideas for what to look for in that sunscreen.
How to choose a sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancers. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging.
Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%.
“Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.
What to look for in a sunscreen
Date of Manufacture
The fresher the sunscreen, the better the efficacy of the product. The ingredients in the sunscreen tend to break down very easily, even while on the shelf. Hence, it is important to buy the freshest stock possible.
A Good Branded Sunscreen
Brands in the US and Europe must be certified by either the FDA or the European Union, and they have very strict regulations on certifying the sunscreens.
Always Choose a Creamy Sunscreen Instead of Spray or Powder
Spray and powder sunscreens are mineral-based and contain nanoparticles that can enter the bloodstream and cause various health issues. Avoid such products and stick to cream-based sunscreens.
Presence of Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide
When checking the ingredient list, look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These are ingredients added to the product for UV protection. But zinc oxide can make your face look pale and ghostly. They are also harmful for the skin.
Kids need sunscreens as much as we adults do. Children have sensitive skin, and the ingredients in the sunscreen may cause allergic reactions. Do a little research and buy a cream specially manufactured for kids. These sunscreens do not contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) or benzophenones and are gentle on the skin.
Your sunscreen should not sting your face or body. If your sunscreen ‘bites’ you, then it’s time to throw it out and buy something that is comfortable and suits your skin type.
Water-based sunscreens are available in the market. If you have an oily or acne-prone skin, use a water-based sunscreen. These do not cause your skin to break out like oil-based creams.
Price Is Not A Yardstick
Costly brands can make you feel comfortable with a false sense of security but may not be as effective as other cheaper brands.
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We hope that you have a safe, sunburn free summer and that you find our tips useful. When you are looking for insurance we are also a great source for answers that will help you make a great decision.
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