Everything you need to know to keep your skin sunburn, wrinkle, and cancer-free this summer.
You have been told hundreds of times that wearing sunscreen is the best way to protect you skin. But there’s more to it then just slapping it on. Most women only apply about 25% to 50% of the sunscreen they really need.
You should use at least 1 oz of sunscreen (about how much it would take to fill a shot glass) to cover your face and all exposed areas of you body. As the day goes on, don’t forget to reapply, especially if you are spending time outdoors. In that case, put on more at least every two hours.
And keep in mind: A typical bottle of sunscreen is 8 oz., which means that if you are using it right, you should finish at least two bottles every sunny season.
Thanks to the latest FDA regulations on sunscreen labeling, bottles are starting to look a bit different. The changes are meant to give you more information about what type of UV protection the product offers as well as exactly what the sunscreen can do.
Know this information before you buy screen:
The type of protection it offers:
To claim that it’s broad spectrum, a sunscreen must protect against both types of rays: UVA (causes wrinkle and other signs of aging and can lead to skin cancer) and UVB (burns and can lead to skin cancer). After broad spectrum, you should see and SPF number that indicates the overall protection. (SPF 30, for example, means it will take 30 times as long for you skin to burn as it would if you were wearing no sunscreen.)
Only broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher can say they reduce the risk of skin cancer plus early skin aging. Sunscreens that aren’t broad spectrum (ones that don’t fully protect against UVA and UVB) and those with an SPF of 2 to 14 can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
What the Sunscreen Terms Mean:
Waterproof, sweat proof and sun block can’t be used on a label because they may give you a false sense of security. (All sunscreen eventually wears off, and even the strongest ones need to be reapplied throughout the day.) And on a water-resistant sunscreen, the label must state whether it stays effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes during swimming or sweating.
Best Standout Sunscreens:
· Burt’s Bee Sunscreen:
· Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray
· LA Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 40