Types of Facial Sunscreens
Facial sunscreens are products that limit the amount of ultraviolet B (UVB) energy that the skin absorbs and are formulated especially for the needs of the facial skin. Broad-spectrum formulas also reduce the absorption of ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation to further protect the face. Some facial sunscreens double as moisturizers
and are intended to be used as the final step of a daily regimen.
Facial sunscreen lotions are lightweight products applied after a skin care regimen. The formulas are easy for the skin to absorb, so they provide a natural, non-greasy finish. Sunscreen sticks for the face offer easy-to-apply, heavier protection and are typically used during longer periods of sun exposure. For days when you'll be swimming or exercising outdoors, you can choose a sport facial sunscreen, which is water and sweat-resistant (but still needs to be reapplied regularly).
Selecting an SPF for Your Face
Sunscreens for the face don't just differ in their forms; they also vary in the amount of sun protection that they provide. The Sun Protection Factor or SPF ratings of sunscreens make it easy to compare the level of UVB protection that face sunscreens provide. Most experts recommend a minimum SPF rating of 15 for protecting the face for daily sun exposure, and a product with this SPF level can reduce the amount of UVB that the facial skin absorbs by 93 percent. Formulas with higher SPF factors shield skin from more of the UVB in the environment. Some individuals require or prefer products with a high level of protection. Your doctor can give you advice about how much sun protection you need.
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