Sunscreen is the ultimate defense when it comes to the sun’s dangers. Not only does it prevent our skin from getting sunburn, more importantly, but it also reduces our risk of skin cancer and early signs of aging.
But the real question is— how do I know which sunscreen is best for me? In this guide, we talk about selecting the proper sunscreen that you will enjoy applying every day.
1. Know Your Skin Type
Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, knowing your skin type is important when selecting the perfect sunscreen formula. Have you ever used a sunscreen that didn’t feel right on your skin? Did it feel too dry, too heavy, or too greasy? Be sure to know what your skin type thrives on when it comes to reading the labels on certain sunscreens. For oily to combination skin types, try a lightweight, matte formula. If you have dry or mature skin, consider a sunscreen with proper hydration or with a nutrient-rich formula.
2. What to Look For
The three important things you want to look for in your ideal sunscreen is Broad Spectrum, SPF, and Water Resistance. Getting a Broad Spectrum sunscreen ensures protection from both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B). These two types of rays are the main causes of cancer. When it comes to choosing an SPF (the number you usually see on the front of the product), this is the measure of how well it protects against the sun. We highly recommend using an SPF of 30 at the least. As for water resistance, keep in the mind the activity you’ll be doing. Hitting the beach or working out? Be sure to opt-in. But if you’re just going out for an outdoor brunch or any low impact activity, this can be a pass.
3. Spray, Lotion, Stick, or Gel?
There are so many types of sunscreens to choose from which makes it better for the type of lifestyle you live in. The important thing to consider is choosing one you’ll actually enjoy applying and using. On the go or have small children? Spray sunscreens are effortless and easy to apply. Need a specific area to apply? Stick sunscreens are great for a spot application for the ears and nose.
4. Grab Some Samples and Test
When in doubt, ask a beauty advisor or your dermatologist for some samples. They will gladly provide a few that you can test out and see if your skin loves the formula. Investing in the perfect sunscreen is an essential step for beautiful, youthful skin.