I am not a fan of getting burned or the thought of skin aging or even skin cancer in the future. I'm sure there are others who would agree...and believe me YOU CAN STILL GET A TAN WITH SUNSCREEN!!! You just don't need to burn or age along with it.
- When wearing sunscreen; it not only protects your skin, but also allows your body to not work so much to damage happening now...but repair past damage.
- Make sure your sunscreen covers the broad spectrum - UVA AND UVB spectrum - these two stop your skin from burning and aging.
- Even when buying a broad spectrum sunscreen, it doesn't cover all UVA spectrum (skin aging rays) so also look for avobenzone, octocrylene, and 5-10% of zinc oxide on the label for more aging protection.
- Use 30 SPF for daily use and 50 SPF for longer periods in the sun.
- Reapply sunscreen often because it wears off...especially after sweating and swimming.
- The sun does not stop breakouts! It may temporarily dry out break outs, but will clog pores and cause more breakouts - instead use a sunscreen that is oil free and/or has 2% of salicylic acid (acne fighting). So instead of damaging your skin; protect and heal it.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SUNSCREEN
1. Look for a broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.
- UVB (rays responsible for burning skin) - the SPF # you see on bottles only shows the UVB protection not the UVA protection.
- UVA (rays responsible for aging skin) - UVA rays breakdown collagen and cause skin to age - 29% of sunscreen that claims to protect skin doesn't cover the UVA spectrum.
3. If you have dry skin look for a sunscreen with either of the following to moisturize your skin: oat protein, sodium hyaluronate, or omega-3.
4. If you get rashes from sunscreen find a sunscreen with titanium oxide or zinc oxide - it still protects your skin, but is less irritating. Try Aveeno Natural Protection - SPF 30.
5. To fighting againg, wrinkles, and drying out your skin look for a sunscreen with antioxidants that fight free radicals and keeps your skin looking great! These include the following: Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Caffeine, Coffee-berry, and Niacin.
To get more information read this article on Self.com.