Sun-Protection Essentials: Which Sunscreen Should I Choose?
Afraid to wake up one day to a reflection of wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin? It’s time to get sun smart! This skin-care guide will give you the dos and don’ts of sun protection whether you’re hitting the slopes or surfing the waves. Just make us one promiseyou’ll stay away from tanning beds!
• Daily moisturizer already has an SPF of 15 or greateris that enough protection? This works but only for everyday activities with only a few minutes of sun exposure throughout the day.
• Spending extra time outdoors? Four-plus hours of sun exposure requires an SPF of 30 or higher. Just remember. Though sunscreens come with a sun-protection factor of 45, 60, 70, and even 100, no amount of SPF will fully protect you from the sun.
• Physical versus chemical. What’s the difference? Physical sunscreens protect skin from the sun by blocking the sun’s rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays.
• Have sensitive skin? Stick to physical sunscreens. They work best on all skin types and are less likely to irritate. Downfallthey leave a white cast after application and don’t offer as much UVA protection as chemical sunscreens.
• When it comes to your face, buy a product you love. Choose a noncomedogenic formula just for the face. It won’t clog pores, absorbs well, and looks good under makeup. Remember, the nicer the product, the more likely you are to use it.
• How about makeup? Does it offer enough sun protection? Absolutely not. The application process is different, often foundation is just used to spot treat redness or uneven skin tone, and isn’t applied to the whole face.