Sunscreen’s importance is only growing in today’s world as atmospheric conditions, the beauty market, and cancer rates are changing. The depleting ozone layer allows for increased UV radiation, and to no surprise—skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer being diagnosed in the United States. Additionally, the beauty market is recognizing these factors and making more cosmetics with UV protection.
With the variety of products available on the market, choosing the right sunblock may present a challenge. Which SPF is correct? What ingredients should be avoided? Which type is best for acne-prone skin? Barba Skin Clinic can help you when it comes to choosing the right sunscreen product.
Know Your SPF’s
Sun protection factor (SPF) is often not fully understood by shoppers. SPF refers to the time it takes for people to burn with sunscreen as opposed to those without. For instance, someone wearing an SPF of 50 could stay out 50 times longer than someone who became burned after a certain amount of time.
SPF’s above 15 blocks more than 90% of UVB, the rays of light that cause sunburn; it does not block UVA, which causes aging. For this reason, it is important to get a sunblock that is broad-spectrum and blocks all harmful rays.
Sunscreen for Skin Types
Your skin type will determine the best type of sunscreen for you, as well as which ingredients you should avoid. People with sensitive skin, including babies and children, should avoid para-aminobenzoic acid and benzophenones; these may cause irritation.
People with allergies should avoid fragrances and preservatives. Hypoallergenic sunscreens are widely available. Oil-free, ultra-gentle sunscreens are available for acne-prone skin; avoid using heavy creams. Conversely, dry skin can handle cream sunblock and not those with alcohol in them. Others containing moisturizers are available as well.
Activity and Lifestyle
All sunscreens must be reapplied, whether you are in the water or sweating, at least every two hours. Sometimes reapplication should occur more frequently if submerging in water or perspiring more than usual.
In high altitudes, wearing greater SPF’s (50 or more) is a must. The sun is much stronger and sunburns can appear faster. Whether you’re hiking or taking a dip, choose the correct sunscreen for your activity.
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