If you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, make it a priority to apply sunscreen on a regular basis. It’ll give your skin an extra measure of protection against the sun’s powerful rays. Here are some valuable tips for choosing the right sunscreen.
What is SPF?
SPF is an abbreviation for sun protection factor. In the past, SPF 15 was considered the minimum amount necessary to shield your skin from sun damage. However, the Canadian Cancer Society has recently increased that number to an SPF of 30. People with lighter complexions may need an even higher SPF.
UVA and UVB Protection
In order to prevent premature wrinkles and lower your risk of getting skin cancer, you need the proper safeguards. When selecting a sunscreen, select one that’s labeled “broad spectrum”. This means it contains both UVA and UVB protection.
When to Apply and Reapply
Give sunscreen some time to absorb into your skin. The best approach is to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before stepping outside. Reapplying sunscreen every two hours will go a long way towards protecting your skin. Keep in mind that water-resistant formulas don’t last as long. This is an especially important fact for swimmers to remember. After about 40 minutes, water-resistant sunscreen can start to lose its effectiveness. Reapply regularly.
Some people are allergic to certain ingredients in sunscreen. If you happen to experience a bad reaction to a sunscreen, search for one that’s specially formulated for use on sensitive skin. It shouldn’t contain any dyes, chemicals, or fragrances.
Regular sunscreen may be a bit too powerful for children under the age of six months. Fortunately, there are kid-friendly sunscreen lotions available. Most are made with natural ingredients that won’t irritate a child’s delicate skin.
Stay healthy and sunburn free this summer!