A Guide To Choosing The Right Sunscreen For Your Skin Type
Sunscreen is one of the most critical elements in any person's beauty regime, and there are many options to choose from. If you're not sure which sunscreen is best for you, this guide will help you find the best sunscreen for your skin type.
We'll cover the following:
Why you should use sunscreen.
General tips for selecting the right sunscreen.
Choosing the right sunscreen for your skin type.
So, whether you're looking for mild sunscreen or an SPF that will protect your skin all day long, this guide has everything you need to know!
Why should you use sunscreen?
We've all heard of sunscreen's importance for skin protection, but do you know why? It's because we need to protect our skin as it works to protect us from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Putting on sunscreen is one of the most effective — and simplest — ways to preserve the health and appearance of your skin at any age.
Sunscreen, when used regularly, can help prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature ageing. Even on cloudy days, our skin is vulnerable to the sun's rays, which can eventually lead to discolouration, skin cancer, and wrinkles.
General tips for selecting the right sunscreen
You may be tempted to pick up whichever sunscreen bottle catches your eye at the convenience store, especially on your way to vacation or while heading out to the beach. While any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all, it is best to pick one that is safe and most effective to fully protect your skin.
Here are some tips to remember when picking up a sunscreen bottle from the aisle, regardless of your skin type.
Tip #1: Pick a sunscreen that offers SPF 15 or higher
SPF is an abbreviation for Sun Protection Factor. The number indicates the period it would take the sun's UVB rays to redden your skin if you applied the sunscreen exactly as directed versus the amount of time without sunscreen. So, using an SPF 15 sunscreen correctly will take your skin 15 times longer to burn than not using sunscreen.
Anything less than SPF 15 will not provide adequate protection.
Tip#2: Go for a sunscreen that provides a broad-spectrum protection
Broad-spectrum sunscreen is designed to shield your skin from harmful UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays. UVB rays are the more powerful of the two and are responsible for sunburns and most skin cancers. UVA rays stimulates premature ageing and may also contribute to some skin cancers.
Tip #3: Select a water-resistant sunscreen
A water-resistant sunscreen provides protection even while swimming or sweating.
All sunscreens labelled as water-resistant should have a water-resistance rating of 40 or 80. This rating shows how long the sunscreen will stay effective while swimming or sweating. That means you should reapply sunscreen after 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating or as directed on the labels.