Optimal Protection for Your Skin
If you want to get the most out of using a sunscreen, it's important that you choose a product with an adequate SPF level for your skin's unique needs. The SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, lets you know how much of the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays a product will protect your skin from.
An SPF 15
product can protect against about 93 percent of UVB, and this level of protection is the minimum amount recommended by most experts. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 protects skin from 97 percent of UVB, while SPF 50
sunscreens protect against about 98 percent of the radiation.
Your doctor can help you determine which SPF level is best for you. No matter which SPF level you choose, experts recommend selecting a product with broad-spectrum protection against UVA as well as UVB.
The Basic Forms of Sunscreens
Sunscreens are offered in a wide range of forms in order to offer options to suit everyone's preferences and needs. The recommended amount of sunscreen is 1 ounce (about a shot glass full) per application no matter which dosage form you choose.
- Moisturizers and creams with SPF provide extra hydration and are a great choice for people with drier skin.
- Gels contain less oil than lotions and are ideal for those who like a lighter form of sun protection or who have oily skin.
- Sprays speed up application and are less messy than lotions, creams and gels. Many people like sprays because they can be applied to hard-to-reach places like the back with ease. Be sure to apply a sunscreen spray evenly and thoroughly so that all of your skin will be protected.
- Sunscreen towelettes make applying sunscreen as easy as wiping your skin and are perfect for days when you only need sunscreen on a few areas like your face, neck and hands.
Formulas for Your Active Lifestyle
Looking for a sunscreen that you can count on to protect you even if you swim or sweat profusely? Sport sunscreens
are the ideal choice! Sport sunscreens are made to suit people with active lifestyles, so they are less likely to become diluted by sweat or to wash off in the water. Even though the formulas are waterproof, it is still important to reapply a sport sunscreen regularly.
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