5 Things to Consider When Buying Sunscreen Protection

Sunscreen is an important part of a sun protection regimen that should also include seeking the shade, avoiding UV tanning, and wearing protective clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

The growing sunscreen market offer a variety of sunscreen and has been part of wide range skin care products that sell faster than others. Some lotions now use natural physical sun blockers, including zinc oxide and titanium oxide, instead of irritating chemicals. Or, if breakouts are a problem, non-comedogenic sunscreens won’t clog pores.

The process of finding the best sunscreen can be difficult. Like treating acne, it’s all about trial and error. However, you can make the process of looking for a good sunscreen a little bit easier by making considerations under different aspects: lifestyle, level of protection, skin type, texture, and cost and availability.

  • Lifestyle

Meaning, you should know when and where you need to use sunscreen. If you’re going to the beach most of the time during summer season, you should pick a water-resistant lotion. This type of lotion when the skin is repeatedly exposed in excessive perspiration or wiping. It’s vital to know your activities in a certain period of time.

  • Level of Protection

Broad-spectrum protection means that a sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It isn’t enough to just protect against one of the UV rays, because if you protect against UVB rays, you will still get damage from UVA rays and vice versa. Therefore, it is important to select a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection.

When checking out a sunscreen lotion, please take not of the SPF and PPD. SPF (sun protection factor) measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays. Meanwhile, PPD (persistent pigment darkening) measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVA rays. Therefore SPF will help prevent sunburns, while PPD guards against photo-aging.

  • Skin Type

If you’re not sure about this, ask a professional or dermatologist. They can recommend you the best sunscreen lotion that suits your skin.

For dry skin, apply moisturizer first before putting on sunscreen lotion. People with oily or acne-prone skin, doctors are recommending gel-based sunscreen lotion because it has lighter texture and works well with oily skin. Rosacea, Allergy Prone or Sensitive Skin type requires active ingredients like zinc oxide because it is less irritating to reactive skin types.

Consult first to a dermatologist to avoid further skin damage.

  • Texture

The texture of your chosen sunscreen lotion should not leave white film or chalky texture, or even stickiness. It is recommended that you pick a semi-matte finish lotion that looks invisible but offers a subtle aesthetic improvement. It has a light, quick drying effect on skin.

  • Cost and availability

Some of the better formulated or more protective sunscreens can be quite expensive, so choose a sunscreen that won’t make you broke after the purchase.

Some lotions are not available in your area or country. So, you can also buy these sunscreens online (shipping may be expensive) or whenever you visit countries in Asia or Europe. Just be aware that obtaining sunscreens with illegal ingredients is considered circumventing the law. Although customs probably won’t bother with small packages, some people have had their international orders seized.

By educating yourself about your many sunscreen options, you can be confident that the product you choose will fit your particular needs, offering you the best protection from the sun’s harmful rays — and helping to ensure that you use it regularly. After all, the sunscreen you apply consistently is the best sunscreen of all.

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