As a consumer, you get confused about the terms you see on sunscreen products. “SPF” “organic” “mineral” “UVA and UVB” bombard you, when all you want to achieve is protection from the sun while you soak up the summer fun. Experts have shed light to these confusing terms and provided us with tips on how to protect our skin in the midst of these marketing words. When it is time to buy sunscreen, sometimes it can be hard to make the right decision for your skin type. You want to avoid sun sunburn, but you also want something that is not going to irritate your skin or make you break out.

Here are five questions you should ask before you buy sunscreen to ensure you get the right one for your skin.

1. What should I look for in my sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, there are three things to take note of when buying sunscreen. These will help protect the skin from sunburn, skin cancer and early signs of skin ageing.

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
  • Water resistance

2. How much should I apply on my skin?

Most of us just aimlessly apply sun protection on our skin, but remember when you apply sunscreen your goal is to cover the skin that is not protected by clothing. Your face, ears, arms, lips, and hands are all parts of the body which are normally exposed to the sun. The amount recommended by experts is 30mls per application. It should be reapplied every two hours, but after swimming or sweating, reapply according to the instructions on the bottle.

3. Is a higher SPF better than sunscreens with a lower SPF?

Most of us will use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. This is known to block 97% of the rays. SPF 30 is what dermatologists recommend. A higher SPF is formulated to block slightly, but not significantly, more of the sun’s rays.

4. What active ingredient should I look for when buying sunscreen?

Dermatologists recommend chemical sunscreens that contain avobenzone and octocrylene.

5. When should I use sunscreens?

Some people think that they don’t need sunscreen on cloudy days. But that is a myth. Every day when you go outside your skin is exposed to the UV rays the sun emits. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays penetrate your skin and can cause sunburn or signs of aging. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside.

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