Summer is finally here, and the need to prevent sunburn is critical. But with so much mumbo jumbo surrounding sunscreen, how do you know which sunscreen is capable of protecting you from the sun's harmful rays?
Here at Celsaderm, it's my goal to help you achieve the best skin possible, and offering you well-researched and helpful tips is my top priority. Below, I've listed the four initial decisions you should consider when purchasing and applying sunscreen.
When buying sunscreen, make sure to choose a sunscreen with sufficient SPF (sun protection factor) protection. Doing so will not only help prevent skin cancer, but will also minimize redness, flaking, and aging. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Any well-formulated sunscreen will be labeled broad-spectrum simply because this proves that the sunscreen is capable of protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Both UVA and UVB rays are streams of invisible, yet harmful rays of ultraviolet radiation. However, UVB rays are more likely to cause skin cancer while UVA rays are responsible for early aging and wrinkling.
It’s summer, and it’s hot so sweating for some of us is inevitable, making water-resistant protection necessary. When using a water-resistant sunscreen, either wet or dry, you’re going to have at least 40 to 80 minutes of sufficient protection.
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons to cover your face and body and apply at least 15 minutes before going outside.
Other Important Intel
All skin tones should use sunscreen and always buy sunscreens free of alcohol, essential oils, and fragrance. Avoiding those irritants will minimize irritation, burning, and dramatically reduce the signs of early aging.
American Academy of Dermatology, Skin Cancer Foundation
Cheers to healthy and happy skin!
K.D. Gates \ celsaderm.com
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