Are you using the right sunscreen? Most people buy what seems to be the “right” SPF on a bottle of sunscreen and then use it all summer long without realizing they might need something else.
Different Types of Sunscreens
Which of the many sunscreens on the market is right for you? That depends on the type of sun exposure you’re expecting. If you’re only going to be outside for a few minutes – for example, just the time it takes to go from your car to a building – moisturizers and after-shave lotions with a bit of SPF (5-10 range) may be enough to protect your skin.
If you will be outdoors for 20 minutes or more, then you should consider a full spectrum sunscreen that protects against the UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays in sunlight. It should ideally be water resistant to minimize dilution from sweating, and have a much higher SPF compared to moisturizers or lotions – 30 plus is a good bet. (Remember to reapply it every two hours, as the sunscreen will either be absorbed into the skin or come off from sweating.)
Common Sunscreen Misconceptions
There are some myths about sunscreens:
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