Amidst the hottest time of the year, there is no acceptable excuse not to be wearing your sunscreen. With so many products out there vying for your attention and your hard earned dollar, however, your options deserve a closer look because your skin deserves only the best protection.
How To Screen Your Sunscreen.
To make shopping for your sunscreen for summer more convenient, use the following guidelines to pick out only the sunscreen products that can provide high quality UV protection for your skin:
Check your objectives for sun protection.
One of the most timeless faces, Julianne Moore, once said, “I have sunscreen on my face everyday”. That is a practice that will do you good to model after. Keep in mind though that your sunscreen protection is only as good as where you’re using it for. Sunscreen for daily use can’t be the same protection you use when you’re out on the beach for a full weekend of surfing and taking a dip. Before you go shopping, ask yourself what you’ll be using your sunscreen for? It’s not unusual to buy two or three different kinds at the same time.
Consider your skin type.
If you have sensitive skin, there’s no room for toxic chemicals to find their way into your sunscreen and seep into your skin. Unfortunately, most commercially available sunscreens use toxic sunscreen actives and contain questionable ingredients. For sensitive skin types, the best source of UV protection are mineral sunscreens. These sunscreens utilize only Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide or both to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays rather than converting these to less harmful by-products like heat which is how chemical sunscreens function.
Check for SPF.
The SPF rating tells you how much sun time you can get without burning your skin with UVB. However, it does not tell you any information about the UVA protection that your are getting. All it really tells you is how much extra sun time you get without getting burned, and how much UV your sunscreen is able to block.
When choosing a sunscreen for summer, you should get a sunscreen that will give you at least an SPF 30 protection on ordinary days. An SPF 30 is able to block 97 per cent of UVB. If you know you’ll be out in the sun longer, doing water sports activities and playing volleyball on shore, you should consider a formulation branded as “Active” and “water resistant” which are meant for use in water sporting activities because these give you higher SPF plus, needs to be re-applied less frequently to stay potent.
Ensure Broad Spectrum protection.
Sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB” tell you that the product is able to provide protection for both deep penetrating UVA and burn-causing UVB. You need to be shielded from both kinds if your purpose is UV protection for your skin.
Get antioxidants into your sunscreen.
Antioxidants provide an extra layer of protection from UV. These also help protect your skin from environmental factors, such as the heat, wind, sand and pollution, that release free radicals which can attack your skin down to the cellular level.
Keep your skin moisturized.
Keeping your skin well-hydrated and protected from dryness can do tons in keeping it from aging and getting damaged. While you can always moisturize separately from your sunscreen, it will help if your sunscreen itself is nourishing and won’t dry out your skin. When it does contain moisturizing ingredients, you want to make sure that it is oil-free most especially when you have an oily skin type. Getting a tint in your natural skin shade is also a huge plus factor.
Think about reapplication.
When you’re having too much fun in the sun, it’s all too easy to forget to reapply sunscreen — and, that is one of the cardinal sins people keep making when it comes to sun protection. Follow closely directions indicated on the label of your sunscreen. Most sunscreens will require application at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and, will need to be reapplied every 2 hours or, after getting wet.
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Choosing a sunscreen should not be taken lightly. Skin cancer is the number one cause of cancer among Americans and affects an estimated 3 million people in the world every year. Don’t wait until you become part of the statistics to really care about sun protection and your sunscreen.