Why Should You be Picky about Sunblock or Sunscreen?

Everyone knows that there are thousands of skin care products out there that have specifically been formulated to make your skin look as young as the day you turned 16. There’s a wide range of anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products available at your disposal but do you know what the experts say so you can keep your skin looking young?

Contrary to what you may be thinking of right now, the answer is not expensive creams or lotions or toners or masks. The answer is as simple as sunblock or sunscreen. Believe it or not, those are the main skin care products that you should be looking into.

Sunblock and sunscreen are actually very different products (to be discussed in another article) but the key is choosing the right type so you can ensure protection for your skin and maybe for your family’s skin as well. Why do you need to be picky when choosing one? Here’s why:

Reason #1: SPF helps but it’s not that simple

Picking Your Sunscreen - Getpretty.com.au - SPF helps but it's not that simple

The common misconception is the higher the SPF, the better the sun protection. This isn’t necessarily true.

There are two types of UV lights that can damage the skin — UVA and UVB. The SPF factor of any skin care product determines how well it can protect the skin from UVB. You want to be protected from both, right?

Reason #2: Protection from UVA and UVB

Like what we mentioned earlier, the best way to protect your skin is to block out these two: UVA and UVB lights. The best way to do this is by searching for a broad spectrum product.

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Check out the sunscreens or sunblocks at any local store. Usually it will state, flat out, that it is broad spectrum or full spectrum. That’s what you want and, of course, essentially something with enough SPF.

Reason #3: Skin type, amount, and area

You may have just grabbed whatever sunblock or sunscreen you could have gotten your hands on before, but now you know that you have to consider your skin type (if you’re putting it on your face), the amount that your putting on and the area that your putting it on to.

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For example, if you have dry skin, a cream type product will work well for you because it prevents further dryness. If you’re acne prone, then you can go for gel types. These types also work for hairy areas like the scalp. Works for chest hair (you can use spray types too)!

As for the amount, the more, the better is the rule so you should consider how long you’re going to be exposed under the sun.

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Reason #4: Consider ingredients and formulation

Considering your product’s formulation and ingredients is also important so can get the best possible protection. When it comes to formulation, water resistant ones are best for a day at the beach (or if it’s really really hot) but if you’re going to use it everyday, it would be alright for your product not to be so.

The ingredients are the tricky part because your product essentially needs to contain: PABA derivatives, salicylates, and cinnamates (octylmethoxycinnamate and cinoxate), benzophenones, avobenzone, ecamsule, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. Tricky and a bit hard to read but you still need to watch out for these.

Other great ingredients may include Vitamin E (great for the skin) and Vitamin C (helps prevent sunburn).

Trust the experts

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You don’t have to list down each ingredient, don’t worry. We’ll give you the best possible product guide to check out. Here’s a list that has been compiled by the EWG and it is the EWG’s 2013 Guide to Sunscreens.

The lists are categorized Beach and Sports, Moisturizers, Lip Balms and Make up so you don’t have to break a sweat when checking the list out.