What’s the best sunscreen for your skin type?

What’s the best sunscreen for your skin type?

With summer’s arrival, you may be enjoying many sun-soaked activities. But the more you expose your skin to the sun, the more you are at risk for skin cancer.

Sunscreen is the best option for skin protection, but do you know which type is best for you?

SPF, or sun protection factor, serves as a vital measure in assessing a sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin from sunburns. With a numerical scale indicating protection levels, The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that SPF 15 blocks about 93% of the sun’s UVB & UVA rays, while SPF 30 ramps it up to 97% protection. UVB & UVA rays cause sunburn, skin aging and play a role in causing skin cancer.

Although sunscreen doesn’t filter out 100% of UV rays, Dr. Linda Serrano, a dermatologist with Aurora Health Care, recommends the daily application of SPF 30 or higher to all sun-exposed areas for optimal protection.

“There are two types of sunscreens: mineral (also called physical sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens,” says Dr. Serrano. “Mineral sunscreens use ingredients that reflect sunlight and are better for sensitive skin. Chemical sunscreen absorb UV rays and use other ingredients for general skin protection.”

If you have sensitive skin, use fragrance-free, oil-free and paba-free options to avoid potential irritation caused by certain chemical sunscreen ingredients.

Dr. Serrano also recommends tinted sunscreens containing iron oxide if you are prone to dark spots from UV exposure. If you have acne-prone skin, you should opt for oil-free and non-comedogenic formulas to prevent blocked pores. Ensure the product explicitly states “non-comedogenic” on the packaging.

No matter the type of sunscreen used, Dr. Serrano says you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after excessive sweating or water activities.

“After finding a sunscreen that works for you, a good regime includes cleansing, serum application, moisturizing, and lastly sunscreen use,” says Dr. Serrano. “Sunscreen for the face can also be used for the body. Sunscreen lotions and creams are best for overall application. Sprays are better for hard-to-reach areas.”

For additional protection, wear light or loose fabrics, clothing with UPF or ultraviolet protection factor, hats, and dark colors.

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