BEST SUNSCREENS TO USE THIS SUMMER
No matter the forecast, sunscreen is the one step you should never skip before heading outdoors for the day. Applying (and reapplying!) SPF protects your skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays, minimizing your risk of painful sunburns, skin cancer, and premature signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles.
This blog post is all about sunscreen
Shopping for the best sunscreen is extremely overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for the best natural sunscreen, the best sunscreen for babies and kids, tinted sunscreens, or the perfect SPF just for your face, there’s an option for you.
Important reminder: Sunscreen can expire, which makes it less effective. Even if last year’s bottle hasn’t hit its expiration date, that date is only valid if the product is stored in a cool, dry place, So, be prepared to pick up a fresh bottle for the warmer months ahead.
How to choose (and use) the best sunscreen for your skin
Look for broad spectrum on the label: This ensures your SPF protects against both harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is recommended choosing SPF 30 or higher.
Go for water-resistant options: Even if you won’t be jumping in for a swim, a water-resistant sunscreen will stay on longer while you’re sweating. If you are doing extensive outdoor activity, choose an SPF of 50 or higher to ensure you stay protected.
When in doubt, choose lotions: They’re easy to apply generously and evenly—which is key in order for them to work effectively. If you use a stick sunscreen, it requires at least four swipes on each area of the skin to get the job done. On the other hand, many “sprays are inconsistent, If you opt for a spray, be sure to apply an even coat and rub in well.
Formula matters: Physical or mineral sunscreens (made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on top of the skin and deflect UV rays, while chemical sunscreens (made with ingredients like oxybenzone or avobenzone) work by absorbing them. If your skin is sensitive or acne-prone, mineral sunscreens are typically your best bet, they’re a great option if you prefer a more “natural” product.
Rub it in well: Apply the amount of sunscreen you can rub in first. Let it sink in, then apply a second time. That’s the easiest way to get the full recommended amount of sunscreen to ensure you get the protection on the label.