How To Choose A Sunscreen
Sunscreen has been playing an important role in our daily life, especially to people who often stay outdoor. Sunscreen helps to protect against damage from the sun’s powerful rays for all ages, genders, and skin types. It even lessens the chance of developing skin cancer in adulthood. But are you sure you are using the right sunscreen for these entire time?
Tips on choosing the right sunscreen:
1. Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection
Sunscreen with the word “Broad Spectrum” written on the back of the label has the ability to protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products can protect you against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancers. But not every sunscreen protects against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, as UVA also contributes to skin cancer and premature aging. Only products that pass a certain test can be labeled “broad spectrum.” Products that aren’t broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn, not skin cancer or skin aging.
2. Knowing your own skin type and select the right SPF number
The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. The higher the SPF number, the more protection it provides. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, and SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely from sun rays. As our recommendations, it is better to select SPF 30 or higher.
3. Knowing your own skin type and select the right SPF number
No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water-resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.
Extra protection tips:
- Cover up yourself with long-pant, hat or cap, long-sleeve shirt, sun-glasses, and shoe. Limit your direct exposure to the sun by staying under shade.