It is recommended to wear sunblock not just on a hot sunny day but everyday, it not just protects against the threat of skin cancer but also helps maintain younger looking skin. Even on a cloudy day your skin is attacked by sun rays so you should always apply a little sunblock on your face, neck and hands before venturing out into the daylight.
But do you know which sunscreen is best for you? Well here are some tips to help you choose the right one.
Here are three factors you should consider before buying your suncream.
1. Choosing the right SPF sunblock.
The SPF (sun protection factor) of a sunscreen is a measure of the effectiveness of the sunscreen, the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B. This number refers to the amount of UV radiation required to cause sunburn on skin while using the sunscreen.
So if you have light skin and you burn easily then it is recommended to use a higher SPF while those with darker stronger skin can usually wear a lower SPF suncream.
2. Broad-spectrum sunscreens
When choosing a sunblock you should try and pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a SPF 15. Broad-spectrum formulas block both UV-A and UV-B rays and offer the highest level of protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
UVB radiation are the rays responsible for causing sunburn, they also contribute to the increased threat of skin cancer as well as wrinkling of the skin and premature aging.
3. Choosing a waterproof sunblock
If you are planning on taking a dip into the water or even participating in a physical activity that will cause you to sweat you will need to wear a waterproof suncream. Even though a waterproof sun protector is highly resistant to water you should reapply it after excessive sweating or a lengthy amount of time in the water.
4. Choose a sunblock to meet your skins needs
You should consider your skin type when choosing a sunscreen. Some creams are available for both sensitive and oily skin types.