Summer is here. With warmer, longer days comes the pleasure of being able to spend time outdoors. Sunscreen is a must this time of year, so before you head outside, be sure to choose the right sunscreen for you.
Choosing the Right Sunscreen
The lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to a deficiency in Vitamin D, which can contribute to serious health conditions. Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones and so much more. So, now that the cold months are over, we should all be spending more time outdoors and catching some rays. However, be mindful of how much exposure you’re getting, and make sure you are actively protecting your skin against the damaging effects of the sun.
Choose SPF 30 or Higher
The Sun Protection Factor or SPF number tells you how much protection the sunscreen will provide against UVB rays. You’ll get more protection from a higher SPF number.
SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely.
Go for “broad spectrum” protection
This way, you’ll be protected agaist UVA and UVB rays. It’s important to pay attention to this label, as other products without it (including those with an SPF below 15) do not protect you from skin cancer or skin aging, just against sunburn.
“Water-Resistant” and “Waterproof” Are Not the Same Thing
Water-resistant sunscreen can last anywhere from 40 to 80 minutes even while sweating or swimming. However, to be safe, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often depending on the level of activity and perspiration.
Staying sun-safe is more important than most people realize. Enjoy summer. Spend time outdoors and get your Vitamin D levels up, but always make sure you’re taking the necessary measures to keep your skin well protected.