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10 Things You Should Know Before Choosing Sunscreen Product

10 Things You Should Know Before Choosing Sunscreen Product

        There are 10 things you should know before choosing a

        sunscreen product:

        1. Get rid of your old sunscreen! Generally, sunscreen has 3

            years shelf life. But, it depends on the condition you keep

            your sunscreen at. Your sunscreen should be fine to use

            until the expiration date, unless it hasn’t been exposed

            to extreme heat conditions. If it happens,

            you’d better get a new one!

        2. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) tells you how much sunscreen

            will protect you from sun rays. Higher SPF means greater

            sunburn protection for your skin.

        3. The “waterproof” term on sunscreen labels, now has been

            replaced by “water-resistant”. The terms “water-resistant”

            state how long the sunscreens provide protection after

            water exposure or sweating. And of course, you need

            to reapply sunscreen for every 40 or 80 minutes.

        4. Always look for a broad spectrum sunscreen product.

            It will protect your skin towards ultraviolet A (UVA)

            and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays could

            prematurely your skin age, and enhance the appearance

            of wrinkle on your skin. And UVB rays are the

            main cause of sunburn.

        5. If you want your skin all exposed to sunlight, use

            an ounce or as much as a shot glass of sunscreen.

            And don’t forget to reapply at least every 2 hours,

            even if you don’t sweat or doing water activities.

        6. Never buy a product that combines sunscreen and

            insect repellent functions. You need to reapply

            sunscreen frequently, and insect repellents should not.

            The best way to get both functions are

            buy separate products, and apply them separately.

        7. Lotion sunscreen is the best choice compared to

            spray sunscreen. It might be easier to apply sunscreen

            with just one spray. But, its harder to make sure that

            all your skin has covered perfectly. Other than that,

            spray sunscreen could be harmful for those

            who has respiratory issues.

        8. Sunscreen products are also available in various form,

            including powder. These kind of sunscreen is super

            easy to inhale,  so you better avoid using it.

        9. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you go out in

            the sun. Make sure that you don’t miss any spots.

            It’s important to provide your kid best protection under

            the sun, because skin burns during childhood can

            especially raise the risk of skin cancer later in life.

        10. There are some controversial sunscreen ingredients,

              such as oxybenzone, retinoids, and nanoparticles.

              American Academy of Dermatology stated that those

              ingredients doesn’t pose a health risk.

              But, too much sun exposure does.

       Source : Harvard Health Publishing -

                      Harvard Medical School

 

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