Sunscreen should be the first thing everyone reaches for from their sunny day tool kit, followed by sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat and light cover.
Shop now for sunscreen in stores or online and you’ll be prepared as soon as the sunny days start. With hundreds of brands to choose from, it can hard to decide which would be best.
When shopping, keep in mind that there are many different SPF numbers available depending on how much protection from the sun you want to get.
Higher SPF numbers offer more protection and are ideal for those who burn easily and for children who have delicate skin and need more protection than adults.
Most of us know we absolutely should wear sunscreen.
It increases the amount of time we can spend in the sun and protects us from getting severe sunburn, or even eventually skin cancer.
Using sunscreen can be messy and inconvenient, and some believe it interferes with any goal of a golden tan. To a point, sunscreen will decrease or delay a deep golden tan, but it’s better to have a little color instead of suffering the immediate and possible long term consequences of exposure to the sun while not protected.
A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is ideal. If you’re going to be outside for long periods of time, look to an SPF of 50 as this will provide more protection.
Be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently. No matter how waterproof it claims to be, all sunscreens quickly disappear or lose effectiveness because of sweat or immersion in water when swimming.
Although all sunscreens effectiveness do diminish due to circumstance and time, selecting a waterproof brand with a particularly high SPF will permit longer exposure. Again, it’s very important to monitor and reapply when necessary.
If you burn easily, consider wearing protective clothing as well, such as a large hat or sunglasses. Even if you’re sitting by a window on a daily basis, the sun’s rays can still get to the skin.
It’s not normally necessary to wear a high SPF if you sit by a window, but if you know that you’re going to be there for a while and that you burn easily, then apply sunscreen.
Most of the sun damage we all suffer from occurs before the age of 18, so please be careful to apply adequate coverage with sunscreen for children and teens when they are outside.