The Influenster Guide to Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Protect your skin against the sun and premature signs of aging

Kerstin T.
ByKerstin T.
Staff

Summer is approaching fast, and you may be spending more time outside during these warmer months. Though dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen year-round to protect your skin against harmful UV light and air pollutants, summer is high-time to invest in a good protectant.

Here’s our guide to help you choose a sunscreen that fits your needs.

 

 

Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection

Only sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum SPF” will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Scientists linked UVA rays to premature signs of aging and UVB rays to sunburns. However, exposure to both types result in an increased risk of skin cancer.

 

 

Go with SPF30 or higher

The SPF number tells you how much longer the product protects your skin compared to the amount of time it would take your skin to burn without protection. Depending on your skin type and sun exposure, SPF 30 or higher will shield your skin from sun damage for up to two hours.

 

 

Opt for water-resistant options

Whether you are cooling off by the pool or letting your body do its temperature-regulating magic by producing sweat, opting for a water-resistant sunscreen will help you stay protected.

 

 

Chemical vs mineral sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens use chemical filters that act like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays to protect the skin from sun damage. Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, physically block radiation. People with sensitive skin should opt for mineral sunscreen as the ingredients are more gentle.

 

 

Protect your skin and the ocean

If you intend to swim in the ocean, make sure your sunscreen is “reef-friendly” and free of harmful chemicals linked to reef deterioration. You can find a list of reef-friendly certifications and chemicals to avoid here.

 

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