There are dozens of sunscreen options in the market and which one to choose is the biggest challenge. Below are some of the tips to guide you how to choose wisely:
Anti-UVA and UVB
It is to note that a good sunscreen should shield the skin against UVA as well as UVB rays. If not, the skin will get premature aging, painful sunburns and in some cases even cause skin cancer.
SPF 30 (or higher)
The common term SPF means sun protection factor and it indicates protection level against UVB rays. The recommended minimum is SPF 30 by American Academy of Dermatology. It will protect the skin 30 times longer before burning. Also, don’t forget to protect your lips with a balm containing SPF 30 or more.
Always use sunscreen that is waterproof as sweat or other sources of moisture may make it less effective. It is also suggested to reapply sunscreen after profuse sweating or swimming.
If you apply photostable sunscreen, the skin gets more protection from exposure to the light for prolonged periods of time.
Never apply any type of sunscreen to infant below six months old. Keep them under shades and make them wear long sleeves dress when out in the sun.