How To Choose The Best SPF (Sun Protection Factor)? By Jerzy George
You know that you should use some form of sunscreen every day, right? Even during those colder winter month, sunscreen is vital to your skin's health. But, how do you choose from all of those SPFs on the market? Is one sunscreen better than another? How do you know which one to select? This article will help to clear up that SPF confusion.
What Is SPF?
Quite literally, SPF stands for "Sun Protection Factor." In every instance, the higher the SPF number, the more protection you will receive against the sun's UVB rays. While this information might be old news to you, did you know that the SPF number also indicates the amount of time that you can safely stay out in the sun?
For example, if you happen to be a person with sun sensitive skin, a SPF of 15 will allow you to safely remain outside for 15 times longer than they normally would. This logic can be applied to any SPF number out there.
The Higher theBetter?
So, now the question is: what number should you be looking for? Well, most skincare experts tend to recommend a SPF that's between 15-30. Any SPF number that's higher than 30 generally doesn't provide much more protection.
However, if you have extremely fair skin, you may want to seek an SPF or 15-30. This tiny bit of extra SPF may protect those with fair skin better than a lower number would. Even if you have dark skin, you should still wear sunscreen. Dark skin can burn just as easily as light skin can.
Powder, Liquid, orSpray?
Is there a difference between all of the powders, liquids, and sprays on the market? Is one type of sunscreen better than another? Generally, all types of sunscreen have been designed for mass use. Thus, the most important thing is to look at that SPF number.
However, you should also read sunscreen ingredients. If you use a sunscreen that’s integrated into another product (moisturizer or foundation), be careful about the ingredients included in that product. Some of these products may actually harm your skin.
The best way to choose a sunscreen is to select one that is made from organic ingredients. These sunscreens do not contain a large amount of toxic chemicals. Instead, they are often composed of natural ingredients.
If you happen to have sensitive skin, choose a sunscreen that won’t make your skin break out. Likewise, if you intend to swim or sweat while wearing sunscreen, make sure to select a waterproof version.
Enjoy the Sun
The sun can be a welcomed thing. Sunshine feels great on skin, it gives us a boost of Vitamin D when we need it, and it has the ability to invoke positive feelings. In short, don't avoid the sun completely.
Still, make sure that you wear a proper SPF every single time you venture outside - no matter what the season might be. This way, you can enjoy the sun without worrying about your skin.
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