Choosing the right sun block for your skin

It is wonderful how you can get a good tan at any time with tanning salons, and it is definitely healthier than getting uncontrolled exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, it doesn’t have to be the height of summer before you decide you need sun protection.  Even in winter, you could be exposing your skin to harmful UV rays, and you won’t even get a gorgeous tan in return! Here are some tips on choosing the right sun protection for your skin.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor, and you will see this on all sun screening products. SPF is typically rated at 15, 25, 30, 45, or 50, and the higher the number, the better the protection. For example, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 means you are 93% protected from UV rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97% of UV rays, and SPF 50 keeps out 98%. Generally, you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours for effective protection. Most dermatologist recommend SPF 15 to 30, depending on the strength of the sun and period of exposure.

What are the different types of sunscreen?

Aside from the SPF, sunscreens vary according to the base. Some are oil-based, while others are water-, powder-, and gel-based. Normal skin usually works well with any type of sunscreen, but cream-based is recommended. For oily skin, water- and gel-based look and feel better, while dry or combination skin works best with oil-based sunscreen.

When should you use sunscreen?

Experts recommend a daily application of sunscreen. Many skin products already include SPF 15 protection, but it can’t hurt to apply a thin coat before venturing outdoors. If you work indoors but near a window, you should make it a point to apply sunscreen every two hours.

The sun gives life, but it is not good on the naked skin. Sunscreen can help you avoid UV exposure and the risks of skin problems.