Selecting the Proper Sunscreen

A sunglass or broad hat can give anyone false securities against sun neither can heavy clothing; it does not provide sufficient protection against the heat of the sun. Staying out of the sun is not really a fool -proof plan but applying sunscreen is always the best recourse for anyone who wants to stay young and skin-cancer free.

Neglecting to wear sunscreen can lead to premature aging, skin damage and worse, skin cancer. But choosing a sunscreen is not easy as it seems. It should not be relegated casually to just plucking a bottle of sunscreen from the store shelves. It requires examining the bottle’s label carefully. Here are some tips to assist you in selecting a proper sun screen.

  • According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, they advise people to use a moisturizer containing broad-spectrum sunscreen; broad-spectrum means the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays and it is with an SPF rating of at least 15.

  • For people prone to dry skin, look for moisturizing sunscreens.

  • Choose a sunscreen appropriate to your activity. If you will be outside for a short time, pick a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, it filters out about 93 percent of UV radiation. For a longer sun exposure, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF 30 filters out up to 97 percent of the sun’s UV radiation; SPF 50 filters out up to 98 percent. Also consider water and sweat resistance sunscreen. Please do take note even if it says waterproof sunscreen, it means that it holds after 80 minutes of water and sweat exposure, you will need to reapply.

  • Always check expiration dates as the active ingredients may lose its efficacy.

This is where Created Beautiful comes in. Did you know that we offer skin treatments for pimples, wrinkles and other skin problems? Come and visit us at Created Beautiful in Shop 10, Andrew Arcade 42 Giles St., Kingston, ACT to discuss our rates and packages. Book now at (02) 6260 8185.

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