Question: What should I know about sunscreen?
1. Look for sunscreens that are “broad-spectrum”. This means that the sunscreen will help protect against UVA and UVB rays. Also aim for SPF 30 and higher and apply as directed on the label.
2. Use waterproof sunscreens, even if you have no intentions of going in the water. Sweating can also wash off sunscreen, so stick with waterproof to be extra safe.
3. Even on cloudy days, damaging rays can still harm your skin, so apply an SPF sun or no sun!
4. There are many different formulas you can use like gel, stick, spray, and of course lotion. Gel formulas are great to use in areas that are hairy like your scalp or arms to make sure that the product is applied well on the surface of the skin. Stick sunscreens are great for around your eye area since eyelids can burn in the sun too!
5. If you’re prone to breakouts or have greasy skin, look for an oil-free formula, especially one specifically for faces.
6. Don’t forget about your lips! Lip balms made with sunscreen are awesome to carry with you at all times.
7. Higher SPF’s do provide more protection–to a degree. An SPF of 15 will block 93% UVB rays while an SPF 30 blocks 97%. Just because a sunscreen has a higher SPF, doesn’t mean that you need to apply less. Still apply a healthy amount to every inch of your body as directed on the label.
8. UVA rays can do some serious skin damage without even leaving a trace, such as a sunburn like UVB rays. Always wear your SPF, seek shade as often as you can, and try not to lay out for long periods of time.
Sure, a great sun-kissed glow looks great every now and again—but do so in moderation while wearing sunscreen, and don’t bake your skin. Remember that a tan is in all actuality damaged skin cells, so stay looking young and beautiful as long as you can and vouch for bronzer rather than a real sun-kissed glow.