Specific Spf Guide For You

If there’s only one skincare product you use every day, it’s sunscreen. This emulsion-like stuff – recommended by every dermatologist you meet – protects your delicate skin from the powerful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. This means less painful sunburns and slower aging……. But more importantly, it protects you from skin cancer, which currently affects one in five Americans. With expert insights, we’ll walk you through the basics of sunscreen so you can protect yourself!

Who should apply sunscreen?
Anyone older than six months should apply sunscreen. This includes fair-skinned and dark-skinned people (yes, even the lucky ones, even those who swear that they “never burn”). Everyone is susceptible to UV rays —- no exceptions!

The only thing to note is that babies under 6 months old should wait until 6 months before applying sunscreen. This is because their skin is very delicate and may react adversely to the ingredients in traditional sunscreens.Babies under 6 months should try to block out the sun with clothes, hats and covers.Babies around 6 months can start using physical/mineral sunscreens. For babies over six months old (including you, of course!) , try the Supergoop Sunscreen 100% Mineral Milk for $26.

How much sunscreen should you put on?
The rule of thumb is to apply at least 30 points a day of broad spectrum sunscreen. A raspberry-sized amount of sunscreen should be applied to the face and a stitch of sunscreen should be applied to the rest of the body. Replenish every two hours when outdoors, every four hours when indoors, and always after leaving the pool/water or after sweating.

Reapplying – especially with makeup – can seem like a very annoying thing to do. There are a few products that will make your life easier, though. For example, Acwell’s UV Cut SPF 50+PA++++ natural sunscreen pads, $35, come in a convenient compact and are invisible on your makeup.

When and where do I need to apply sunscreen?
Sunscreen is necessary whenever and wherever you are exposed to the sun. However, what you may not realize is that you are almost constantly exposed to the sun.

“This includes walking to work, being in the car, [or] sitting in a room with windows. “Ultraviolet A rays, which cause skin cancer and premature aging, can pass through glass windows,” said Dr. Brian Ginsberg, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and assistant professor at Mount Sinai Hospital.” Also, don’t be fooled by cloudy or snowy days. Clouds can allow up to 80 percent UV, and snow to reflect, which actually increases your protection needs.”

Sunscreen should be applied to any exposed area, including the face, chest, hands, ears, toes, and even the scalp.Sun Bum’s Scalp and Hair Spray SPF 30, $14.99, has you covered – literally – the last one!

What types of sunscreens are available. Physical sunscreen
Speaking of sunscreens for the scalp…….. There are many different SPF formulas, from oils, creams and serums to powdered sunscreens. They both fall into two main categories: mineral/physical and chemical. Let’s talk about the former.

The former utilizes ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which basically reflect sunlight. For example, Versed’s new Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $21.99, uses non-nano zinc oxide to protect the skin. It is also formulated with anti-pollution moringa seed extract and sea anise to help block blue light damage.

What types of sunscreens are available. chemical sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and then convert UV energy into different forms of energy. Chemical sunscreen must be applied 15 minutes before exposure (and before it gets wet) to allow the product to fully absorb and work its magic.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray SPF 100+, $8.99, is a winner. It is suitable for even, fast drying and never sticky. The fact that it is a spray also makes it a little easier to apply to yourself if you are running alone on the beach or at the pool.

Some people find that chemical sunscreens are better formulated, glide on easily, don’t tend to be chalky/sticky, and are easier to apply. Others prefer physical/mineral sunscreens because they think they’re safer for their skin and reefs. Which type of sunscreen you choose is a matter of preference, and the most important factor you have to consider is whether it’s a formula you’ll be using every day.