How to Select a Sunscreen

suns Do you think that all sunscreens available in the market are alike? The truth is that they are not the same. Thus, you need to know how to select a sunscreen and be very careful while looking at the ingredients of each bottle or tube. You should look for certain things in a sunscreen and do make a note of them.

A Sunscreen with High Sun Protection

Make sure that you choose a sunscreen that offers a broad-spectrum of sun protection. Thus, it should have a minimum SPF of 15. Any sunscreen that has a lower SPF will not be effective. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended because it offers good protection from not only UVA but also UVB radiation. You should search on the label for ingredients such as oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, zinc oxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, or titanium dioxide

Fragrance-Free Sunscreens

It is best to choose a sunscreen that is free from fragrance. You should be careful of certain ingredients that can irritate your skin. Some people may be allergic to certain preservatives and fragrances in some sunscreens. Thus, people with sensitive skin should choose fragrance-free sunscreens.

Water Resistant Sunscreens

Water resistant sunscreens are good because they provide protection even when you sweat or tend to wipe your face. You should remember that sunscreens can never be ‘water-proof’ since to a certain extent, all sunscreens do wash off. Be careful of products that call themselves sun-blocks because a sunscreen cannot block all the rays of the sun.  Be wary of products like all-day sunscreens because they don’t last round the clock. You have to constantly reapply your sunscreen for best results.

To get the best benefits from your sunscreen here are some tips. Use your sunscreen liberally and often. Use it nicely all over the exposed parts of your body at least half an hour before going out in the sun. Apply the sunscreen even when it is cloudy.


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