Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Choosing The Right Sunscreen

It is too early for a summer, but this post should be a heads up for many who enjoy the outdoors (and even indoors) during summer! So before summer starts, you will be ready facing the sun with the right protection.

The golden rule is; - always use a sunscreen of SPF15 every day (even if you're spending your time indoors) and don't forget to apply spots such as your ears, neck and lips. When it's time to hit the beach or the pool, follow the following tips

Choose sunscreens that are higher in number which means stronger protection. SPF 80 for example can stay strong all day without re applying compared to SPF 15 that needs to be re applied every 2-3 hours for a solid coverage. Don't waste your time using SPF lower than 15 because they don't actually block 100% of the sun's rays.

Choose products that can protect both against UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet A (UVA) causes premature wrinkles and spots, while Ultraviolet B (UVB) can burn the skin.

For daily background protection use a combination of daily moisturizer and sunscreen, but choose a full-fledged sunblock for days spent in the sun. It's because combo products are not high-potency sunscreens because they're diluted by the make up and lotion.

Don't buy separate sunscreens for the face and body. Almost all products on the market are oil-free and non-irritating, so they are safe for delicate parts of the body too.

Take note that sunscreen is not enough always. Add extra protection if you will be under the sun all day by wearing a wide-brim hat to protect the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, and other tricky spots.

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