How to select the right sunscreen


It is becoming more and more common knowledge that skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer. Additionally, it is also becoming more commonly known that skin cancer is easily preventable by simply applying sunscreen and taking proper actions while exposed to the sun.

All too often, people assume that because they have not worn sunscreen either ever or in quite some time, there is no need to start wearing it. While that is incorrect, it is never too late to begin integrating sunscreen into your daily routine. And it’s a bonus if you use a moisturizer with SPF. Always check the label of your makeup or skin care system to see if there is any sort of added-in SPF. Some of the high-end skincare systems do not include SPF, such as Clinique, Kyani or Obagi.

Most commonly remembered as a thick white lotion, sunscreen is now offered in more ways than lotion. These new offerings should be seriously considered. There is no one perfect sunscreen for everyone, but there is a perfect sunscreen for you. But, how do you know which sunscreen is best for you and your family?

The first thing to consider is your skin type. If you are more fair skinned, then a higher SPF and broad-spectrum sunscreen is best for you. While you are in the sun, seek to re-apply sunscreen every 1-2 hours.

For more of a general, all-purpose great sunscreen, look for a 30-40 SPF sunscreen, specifically a broad spectrum sunscreen. This is what separates great sunscreens from mediocre sunscreens.

These products come in a variety of forms and are worth learning about and taking into consideration when choosing your sunscreen.

One of the more common sunscreen application methods is through an aerosol spray. Typically more convenient than lotion, spray-on sunscreen is easier to apply, less messy and typically has a more even distribution. It is also much easier to apply to small children than sunscreen lotions. One thing to keep in mind is to spray a little more generously and reapply more frequently than other types of sunscreen.

As mentioned above, a new convenient product is a daily moisturizer with built-in SPF. These are most convenient for days when you know your time spent outside will be limited. Here, you gain the convenience of applying just the right amount of sunscreen for everyday normal use.

There are also hypoallergenic or mineral sunscreens. These products are geared more towards those with slightly more sensitive skin. What makes these sunscreens different from others lies in the way the product interacts with your skin. Typical sunscreens are applied and your skin then absorbs the product into the skin. Hypoallergenic or mineral sunscreens differ in that they are not absorbed into the skin, rather they sit on top of the skin, prohibiting skin irritation.

For those that are planning to spend the majority of their time outside in the water, there are also water-resistant sunscreens. This product also works at repelling sweat too. Even though they are classified as water resistant, it is recommended to apply anew these sunscreens every 2-3 hours for the best protection.

No matter what sunscreen you use, it is more important to use any type of sunscreen rather than no sunscreen at all. If you can first commit to applying sunscreen daily, then it will be much easier to identify through experience which sunscreen will be best for your sun care needs.


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