One of the most important and commonly used products in our beauty closet is the sunscreen. Though, almost all of us use a sunscreen on daily-to-daily basis, not many of us know how to choose a right sunscreen that suits our skin type and what factors to consider depending on what purpose we are using our sunscreen for! So, at besties today, we try to help you choose your next sunscreen with as much information as we could gather.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
Sun Protection Factor is a measure of how well your skin is protected from UVB rays (which damages the skin causing sunburn and skin cancer). So, if a person would normally burn in 10 minutes, for SPF 15, you could multiply that factor by 15 which means 150 minutes of sun protection before burning. Now, contrary to what you might think, higher the SPF, smaller is the increased benefit.
You might want to notice that, SPF based sunscreens do not block the UVA rays from entering the skin, which leads to premature ageing of skin, wrinkles and also, skin cancer. And for that purpose, it is highly recommended to use “broad-spectrum” protection as these ones protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Also read: Say Bye to Sun Tan!
Factors to consider while making a purchase
- As explained above, use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen with SPF 15 or SPF 30 as it offers protection against UVA and UVB both.
- Water and sweat resistance sunscreens
Another form of sunscreens to consider are water and sweat resistance sunscreens meant specially for swimming and exercising. You should note that no sunscreen is waterproof or sweat resistant, it’s just that the sunscreens meant for these purposes stay effective in water for a certain period of time which usually is 40 minutes or 80 minutes. So, its advisable to reapply them after the desired time.
- Kid-friendly sunscreens
The sunscreens meant for children use ingredients which are less likely to irritate the skin, so when using a sunscreen on your little one use one which is designed specially for them. People with sensitive skin or with some allergies can also try using the ones meant for children.
It is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics that it’s better for babies under 6 months to be kept out of the sun altogether.
There are tons of products available in the market, so considering the above mentioned factors choose whats best for your skin. We would love to hear your recommendations in the comment section below.
Stay happy, stay beautiful!