Shopping for Sunscreen by SPF
is the most important part of sun care. All broad-spectrum sunscreens protect the complexion from some amount of ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) radiation; however, products differ in their levels of protection. The amount of protection that sunscreens provide is measured with the Sun Protection Factor or SPF system.
Products with higher SPF ratings keep your skin safe from a larger percentage of UVB rays than lower SPF products. For example, an SPF 15
sunscreen protects you from 93 percent of UVB, while an SPF 30 product shields the skin from 97 percent of UVB. Experts recommend that most people wear a minimum SPF level of 15, while some people may need to use products with a higher SPF level. You can use the menu at the left to quickly shop for sunscreen by SPF rating.
Sun Protection for Every Need
Today, there are sunscreen options available to suit every lifestyle and need.
Extra gentle products made especially for children can be used to protect babies and kids from the harsh effects of UV rays. Water resistant formulas are recommended for activities that involve water, such as swimming. Regular sunscreens can wash off immediately in water. Reapplication is especially important after each time a person goes swimming or is exposed to water, even with water-resistant formulas.
For adults, highly sweat- and water-resistant sport sunscreens
are available for swimming, working outside in the heat and outdoor exercise. Facial sunscreens are ideal for shielding the complexion from the sun every day and on those occasions when you'll be outdoors for long periods of time, although regular reapplication is still important.
Caring for Your Skin Post Sun
After a day in the sun, skin requires special care to help it recover from the dehydrating effects of the heat. After sun creams, lotions, balms and butters can be applied to replenish lost moisture and soothe feelings of tightness and itching that can arise due to sun exposure. If you happen to get sunburned, you can use an aloe vera product or another sunburn soothing product to alleviate the soreness while your skin heals. Your pharmacist may have additional suggestions to help with your sunburn symptoms as well.
Getting a Golden Glow
Many people today love the way their skin appears when it's tanned, and there are sun care products available to help you get that golden look if you desire.
Bronzers can be applied to give the skin a temporary faux glow, while self tanners
provide an artificial tan that can last for several days.
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