How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?

August 7, 2018

When shopping for sunscreen, your choices can feel overwhelming. You'll find lotions, sprays, gels, and creams. With so many different SPFs, it can be hard to tell which one you need. To make it easier to buy sunscreen, the American Academy of Dermatology is sharing a simple two-step process. Here's what you can do to find a sunscreen that's right for you.

Step 1: Look for the 3 essentials

To protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, you want to use a sunscreen that offers all of the following:

  • SPF 30 (or higher)
  • Broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB)
  • Water resistance

Step 2: Consider your skin type, skin conditions, and other needs

The following list can help you narrow your options so that you can find a sunscreen that's right for you. Acne-prone skin: Look for the words "non-comedogenic" or "won't clog pores". Allergy-prone skin: Avoid sunscreen that contains fragrance, PABA, parabens, or oxybenzone (benzophenone-2, benzophenone-3, diosybenzone, mexenone, sulisobenzone, or sulisobenzone sodium). Around your eyes: To prevent sunscreen from dripping into your eyes, use a sunscreen stick around your eyes. Make sure the stick has an SPF 30 (or higher), broad-spectrum protection, and water resistance. Children: Use a sunscreen made for children. Most contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Dry skin: Look for "moisturizing" or "dry skin" on the label. Lips: Lip balm with SPF 30+ and broad-spectrum protection. Oily skin: Look for the words "non-comedogenic" or "won't clog pores." Olive to darkly colored skin: Use sunscreen with a tint to prevent a white reside from forming on your skin. Rosacea: Use a sunscreen that contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Many sunscreens for children contain only these 2 ingredients. Sensitive skin: Use a sunscreen with the words "sensitive skin" on the label. Avoid products with fragrance, parabens, or oxybenzone (benzophenone-2, benzophenone-3, diosybenzone, mexenone, sulisobenzone, or sulisobenzone sodium). Skin stings or burns when you apply sunscreen: Use a sunscreen that contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Many sunscreens for children use only these 2 ingredients. Avoid sunscreen with fragrance. http://Skin stings or burns when you apply sunscreen: Use a sunscreen that contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Many sunscreens for children use only these 2 ingredients. Avoid sunscreen with fragrance.

 


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