A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

       
June 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

Summer fun means lots of time in the sun.  Make sure you pull out the SPF and get ready to protect your skin from the potentially harmful rays! Choosing the right sunscreen can be tricky so we are here to help with some great tips!

The first thing you need to consider is the SPF that you’re going to want to use. When you hit the aisles of any drugstore and look for sunscreen you’ll see that there are SPFs ranging from 8 to over 100. The SPF is usually a decent indicator of how well the product you’re getting is supposed to work against protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. However, do not be too quick to purchase the super highe SPFs just because of marketing. Studies have shown that SPFs beyond 55 don’t actually have any better results than those between 45 and 55. Companies love to market their 75 to 100 SPFs for much higher prices, claiming that they provide “ultimate” protection from the sun. Wwhen applied right and reapplied correctly, the more affordable SPF 45 will do the job just as well.

There are, of course, many other elements to consider when buying sunscreen. One important aspect is what the sunscreen will do for your skin outside of protecting it from the sun. While UV protection is important, moisturizing and keeping your skin clear of unnecessary chemicals and contaminants  is also important. Some sunscreen and SPF brands, such as those by Coola Suncare and Supergoop!, feature reasonably high SPF products which moisturize the skin, are unscented and have ingredients that repair past sun damage. No matter what type of product you are buying, reading the label to know what you are putting on your skin and body is very important.

When it comes to sunscreen application, most people tend to make mistakes. One big mistake many people make is waiting until they are outside to apply the sunscreen. To properly do its job, the sunscreen needs 20 to 30 minutes to sit and soak into the skin.  Another mistake many people make is not applying enough. Unlike some products, less is NOT more with sunscreen. You want to make sure you read the label and use the amount it says to use and completely cover all areas.

There are also a lot of areas that people tend to miss when trying to apply the sunscreen themselves, such as the middle of their back. Other areas people tend to forget about are their ears, the backs of their knees/legs, and the tops of their feet.

Reapplying sunscreen properly is just as important as the initial application. You want to make sure you re-apply every 2 hours and if you’re in the water at all – at a swimming pool or the beach – you’ll want to reapply when you get out. Make sure you thoroughly dry off or the sunscreen will not be able to soak into your skin the way it should. Some people prefer to reapply to areas such as their face and shoulders more frequently.

So, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging rays once and for all. With these tips you’ll be able to make lasting memories all summer long without worrying about sunburn ruining the day.

       

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