What are the types of sunscreen and how are they different for each skin type? This is a question on many minds during the summer months. Read on to find out about skin types and the different SPF for each sunscreen.
What is sunscreen
Sunscreen is a UV protection sun block you rub into your skin to protect you from the rays of the sun. Sunscreen comes in gel, spray and lotion. Either one is great for protection. Use sunscreen at least thirty minutes before going outdoors. Then reapplied every thirty minutes for skin exposed to sunlight.
Types of sunscreen
There are many types of sunscreens each with different SPF protection. SPF is the amount of protection the sunscreen has that will protect exposed body parts. SPF that has a higher number will last longer in the sun. SPF with a lower number will not last long and will need reapplication more often than the higher SPF. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that will stay on the skin while in the water.
Your skin type will determine the type of sunscreen you will need. Men and women with very fair skin will need a SPF of at least 30. This is because the skin is so pale you will burn more easily than someone with a darker skin type will.
Women and men with fair skin will want to apply an SPF of at least 20 because your skin can burn easy, which may or may not tan.
Light skin men and women need an SPF of at least 12. Light skin types can burn and tan. Although tanning is gradual and slow, it will take a bit longer for the process.
Medium skin types will need an SPF of no less than eight. Medium skin types will tan at a good pace.
Dark skin types will need to apply an SPF of at least four. Dark skin men and women rarely burn and will always tan very easy.
Protecting your children from the sun is a concern many parents have during the summer months. Parenting children who love the outdoors, more then indoors during these months can be difficult. Use sunscreen to protect children from the dangerous rays of the sun. Parents and children will spend at least 75 percent of their time outdoors. Cooking out, swimming and camping are a couple of the activities where sunscreen will come into play.
Take care of your skin when out in the sunlight. Sun can damage the skin, and the more time you spend the greater your chances of developing skin cancer later in life. For more information on the skin and the ways in which the sun can damage skin visit the skin care guide.