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Sunscreen-Dos and Don’ts-You Should Know

A lot of people are still not accustomed to using sunscreen every day. It is really necessary to know the following notes.

Dos

It really important . Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen.

Check the ingredients

Make sure you always read the ingredients list before buying a new sunscreen. Do look for the ingredients zinc, titanium dioxide, avobenzone and Mexoryl SX, all of which are powerful UVA blockers that remain on the surface of the skin instead of absorbing into the body. Don’t choose a product that includes ingredients that may affect hormones and/or are potentially carcinogenic, such as insect repellent, oxybenzone and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate). Make sure to try these specific sunscreens that dermatologists use on themselves.

 

Use broad-spectrum protection

Always choose a long-lasting sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays

Too much is actually better than too little sunscreen when spending your time outdoors.

If you have oily skin and are prone to acne, be careful about what sunscreen you apply to your face. Use an oil-free brand like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry that is non-comedogenic and dries soft to the touch, instead of feeling greasy and moist like other brands.

Do use sunscreen every day

No matter what the weather or time of year, your skin can benefit from the use of sunscreen. Sunscreen can help fight the signs of premature aging, making it a priceless addition to your beauty regimen.

Avoid sunscreen with a vitamin A additive

Many companies add a form of Vitamin A to their sunscreens called retinyl palmitate. It’s supposed to combat skin aging but studies have found that it can also trigger the growth of tumors and lesions on the skin when used in sunlight. It’s advised that you not only avoid sunscreens with this additive, but also body lotions and makeup, especially lipstick.

 Don’ts

– Don’t think price means better protection.

Less expensive sunscreen brands are just as effective as expensive designer brands. Choose an SPF of at least 30, and reapply as often as stated on the product.

– Don’t waste your money on sunscreens claiming an SPF higher than 50. According to the FDA, there’s no evidence such products provide better protection against harmful rays—and they may
actually make us feel overconfident and less likely to reapply.

– Only stick to the sprays

Many consumers love using spray-on sunscreens because they are quick and easy. However, the Environmental Working Group says that they don’t provide an even and thick enough layer of sunscreen on the skin to properly protect it. They suggest only using lotion sunscreens, especially on your face.

– Don’t think that one application is enough.

Swimming, perspiration and exercising can diminish your sunscreen’s protection. It’s best to reapply throughout the day to avoid harmful exposure.

– Replace sunscreen with a hat

Hats provide only a small amount of protection for your face. Baseball hats in particular aren’t even the best because they leave your ears exposed even more to UV rays. On top of wearing a wide-brimmed hat, so your ears can be covered, apply sunscreen to your face. While you’re shopping for the perfect poolside or beach day hat, make sure you know what to look for in the sunscreen you’re buying too.

– Store sunscreen in warm areas

Keeping your sunscreen out of the sun might be difficult while you’re enjoying the waves or are sitting poolside, but when you get home don’t think about storing the bottle in your garage. Keeping sunscreen bottles in a hot area can break down the active ingredients making your sun protection less effective. Oh, and these are the 12 signs you probably just bought the wrong sunscreen.

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