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Choosing the Best Sunscreen for You

What should you be looking for when choosing your sunscreen? Taking these things into consideration will help you choose the best one for you. 

Broad spectrum:

If possible, get broad spectrum sunscreen. All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, which are the primary cause of skin damage, but only broad spectrum sunscreens additionally protect against UVA rays, which are also harmful. Your sunscreen should also have an SPF of at least 30.

Water-resistant? Waterproof?:

It is important to know that there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. However, water-resistant sunscreens can withstand around 40-80 minutes of sweating or being in the water. Water-resistant sunscreens are ideal for outdoor exercise and swimming, but keep in mind that you will still need to reapply, regardless of what sunscreen you get.

Consider your skin type:

Is your skin dry, oily, or a combination of both? Sunscreens with hyaluronic acid, glycerin or other hydrating ingredients are best for people with dry skin. People with oily or combination skin should look for lightweight sunscreens with labels that say oil-free or non-comedogenic, which are designed to not clog pores. 

If you have sensitive skin, look for physical sunscreens, also known as mineral blockers. These sunscreens contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, which can be more gentle than chemical filters.

Spray, lotion, or stick?:

Sunscreen sprays are best for quick application on hard-to-reach places and are good for people with a lot of body hair. Sunscreen lotions are the most common and suitable for general use. Sunscreen sticks are the most portable and good for travel.

All things considered, the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually use, so prioritize choosing one that you’ll enjoy using.

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