How to choose a suitable sunscreen?
Daily use of sunscreen not only protects against skin cancer, but also reduces skin aging. So, pick the best one. Check the following points:
- Pick a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA (skin-aging) and UVB (skin-burning) rays.
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. If you’re going out in the sun for longer than two hours, choose the one with SPF 30.
- Use a water-based sunscreen, if you have oily or acne prone skin to avoid pimples and acne in future.
- Use waterproof sunscreen, if you‘re going for swimming. Remember the term ‘waterproof sunscreen’ actually means that it is effective for 40-80 minutes of swimming. So, you will have to reapply it, if you’re in the water for a longer time.
- Not all sunscreens that are expensive are also good. Although a costly brand might feel or smell better, it is not necessarily it would be more effective than any cheaper product.
- Sunscreens with certain ingredients such as oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and parabens should be avoided as they might potentially cause cancer.