Sun damage can occur on the cloudiest of days as well as sunny afternoon. That’s why it is so important to arm your skin with the best defense: sunscreen. The majority of sun damage in adults occurs before the age of 18, but there’s still a lot you can do to protect what you have when you hit your 20’s, 50’s or whatever age you are. Here, we will give you the insights you need to select the best sunscreen for optimal skin protection. Remember, sunscreen can help fight against premature aging, sun spots, and wrinkles. If you don’t often wear sunscreen (or at all!) it’s never too late to start.
Look for the right ingredients
The brand of sunscreen you use is inconsequential if it doesn’t have the right ingredients. First, you will need a sunscreen that contains broad spectrum or multi spectrum protection for UVA (ultraviolet A rays) and UVB (ultraviolet B rays). UVA rays don’t cause sunburn, but they can still increase the chance of skin cancer. UVB rays are also a cancer causing ray. The ingredients that contain broad spectrum protection are benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). For UVA protection, look for at least one of these ingredients in your sunscreen: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.
SPF is also an important factor to look for. The SPF is a rating that indicates how effective a sunscreen is at preventing UVB ray burns. For instance, if you typically burn after 10 minutes, an SPF 15 (multiplied by 10 minutes) is 150. This means you can last 150 minutes in the sun before burning. Make sure you get at least an SPF of 15. For those with fair, light, or sensitive skin go for an SPF factor of 30.
Match the sunscreen to your activity
If you are going shopping at an outdoor mall versus a visit to the pool, you’ll want very different sunscreens. For any activity where you will get wet or sweat, like swimming or exercising, get a water resistant sunscreen.
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