Everyone needs sunscreen, that’s why there are many different sunscreens on the market for different needs. Sunscreens needs can differ for different skin types, skin tones and if it should be waterproof. Following are some examples of different sunscreens for different needs, since everyone needs sunscreen.
One Common Need for Everyone in Choosing Sunscreen. Everyone should find a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against UVB and UVA rays. Many sunscreens only offer protection against UVB rays, but UVA rays can penetrate causing deeper skin damage and the possibility of skin cancer.
If a product doesn’t state it is broad spectrum, the University of California lists active ingredients and the type of UV protection they provide.
Different sunscreens for different needs:
Skin Type. You may want to choose your sunscreen based on your skin type, such as normal, oily, dry or sensitive. Many sunscreens can be used on a variety of skin types as they are lightweight, won’t clog pores and are hypoallergenic. Sunblocks provide a barrier with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide rather than using other chemicals that soak into the skin and may be better for sensitive skin.
Skin Tone. Everyone needs sunscreen, even people with darker skin tones. The main difference would be in choosing a different sun protection factor (SPF). Those with darker skin tones should choose a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15, while those with the lightest skin tones should choose at least an SPF 30.
An SPF 15 allows you to remain in the sun 15 times longer before getting sunburned and offers protection from 92% of the sun’s UVB rays. Higher SPF doesn’t always correlate with protection. An SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, while and SPF 50 blocks 98%. Anything with an SPF higher than that may just be a waste of the greater expense as no sunscreen blocks 100% of UVB rays.
Adults and Children. You should choose a children’s sunscreen product for kids as adult products may be too harsh. Sunscreen should never be used on children under 6 months of age. Speak with your pediatrician about any sunscreen concerns you may have.
Activities and Swimming. If you are active in the sun and perspire a lot, you will want to choose a formula that is “water resistant” (lasts 40 minutes in water) or “very water resistant” (lasts 80 minutes in water). For swimming, choose the “very water resistant”, which is equivalent to waterproof.
Tips for Everyone when Using Sunscreen. Sunscreen can protect against sunburn, skin aging and skin cancers. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. You should use at least one full ounce of sunscreen per application. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours, or more frequently if you have been in the water or used a towel to wipe any off. Also check for an expiration date on your sunscreen. If there is no expiration date, you should probably purchase a new bottle if it is from last year.
I like Blue Lizard and Banana Boat sunscreens for my family and me. Both brands come in a variety of different formulas for different needs.
I choose a few different formulas throughout the season depending on what we will be doing while out in the sun. I prefer Blue Lizard, but Banana Boat Ultra Defense is a great second choice if Blue Lizard is not available when I need it.
If Blue Lizard products are not available in your area, you can purchase through the manufacturer. All products are guaranteed in stock and ready to ship. If Banana Boat Ultra Defense products are not available in your area, you can purchase through their online store. You may have your own preference. Just be sure to use sunscreen, and choose your sunscreen based on your needs because everyone needs sunscreen.
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University of California, San Fransisco, School of Medicine; Sunblock
Skin Cancer Foundation; Sunscreens Explained
eProduct Center; Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Accessories
Playtex Store; Banana Boat
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