Sun damage is real. Whether you're on the beach, at a baseball game, or just out there, you should use sunscreen. But first you need to find a sunscreen that suits your skin.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, only 30% of Americans regularly use sunscreen, but why? The effects of sun damage are already deep in public consciousness. Americans already know that sunburns harm your skin, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer, and even mild UV rays can cause wrinkles and sun spots. It's not about education ̵
We have been working for too long with sunscreens that do not work for our skin. It is always too sticky, too fragrant, too oily or too pasty for dark or brownish skin tones. However, these days we have more options. You just have to look for a sunscreen that suits your skin.
Finding the right sunscreen for your skin
When shopping for sunscreen, your options are virtually unlimited. Shortly we will discuss the four different categories of sunscreen. But first, consider the four most important aspects of sunscreen so you can find the right one for you.
- SPF : According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 30 SPF sunscreens block 97% of UV rays. Higher SPF ratings do not bring this percentage closer to 100%, so do not stress the numbers. Just get 30 SPF or higher. (All sunscreens in this item have an SPF of 50 SPF or higher.)
- Moisturizing, Drying and Oily : Depending on your skin type, you may want to avoid certain sunscreen ingredients. Moisturizing sunscreen is great for dry skin, but it can grease oily skin. Ingredients such as alcohol can dry out the skin (which does not play a big role in oily skin), and oils can make sunscreens smoother or encourage the burning of oily skin. If the skin tones are tan, you should avoid heavy lotion-based sunscreens. You can leave a chalk-white glow on your skin. Instead, try a light lotion or gel based sunscreen.
- Convenience : If you hate applying lotions or want to avoid spilling, consider buying a spray. They are cheap, practical and clean.
Now that you know what your skin needs from sunscreen, it's time to shop!
When you hear the word "sunscreen", the first thing that strikes you is a lotion. It's cheap, easy to apply and synonymous with the beach. Of course, there are some varieties of sunscreen lotions, so we've covered all the basics.
Of course, sunscreen lotion is not suitable for everyone. If you want to avoid the pasty, misty appearance that leaves the lotion on your skin, you should use a gel instead.
There is a common misconception that people with dark or tanned skin do not need sunscreen. That's completely wrong. But if you have a dark skin tone, a sunscreen lotion can leave a white glow – as if you'd just rub Elmer's glue all over your body. It's a classic Catch-22: Damaging your skin or looking like a piece of sweaty chalk.
A gel could be the solution to this dilemma. Sunscreen gels (sometimes called "watery" sunscreens) are exactly what they sound like – thin gel solutions that contain anti-UV elements. Gels penetrate the skin much faster than lotions. They are water-resistant, leave no white shimmer and are (according to the American Cancer Society) as effective as sunscreen lotions.
- Biore UV Watery Sunscreen 50 SPF (13 USD): A non-alcoholic sunscreen with moisturizing elements, such as royal jelly extract. This great sunscreen gel leaves no dry skin at the end of the day.
- Nivea Sun Protect Watergel 50 SPF (12 USD): This uncomplicated sunscreen gel is perfume-free and affordable.
- BullFrog Land Sport Sunscreen 50 SPF (12 USD): This Bullfrog sunscreen retracts quickly and is sweat-resistant. Of course, this is useful in any situation where you may start to sweat. It is an ideal all-purpose sunscreen gel.
Of course, some people hate rubbing in a bundle of sunscreen before going to the beach. For this reason, there is sunscreen spray.
Sunscreen Spray is more practical than lotions or gels. It's cheap, easy to use and does not run everywhere. Not to mention the lotion and gel types for all skin tones.
Now that you've found the best sunscreen for your body, it's time to find the right one for your face. You can apply a normal sunscreen to your face, but the sunscreen for the face is particularly gentle and ideal for everyday use.
Sunscreen for face and everyday life
Whether you wear sunscreen every day or every few months, you should think about what to apply to your face. Alcohol-based heavy lotions or sunscreens may work well on the rest of your body, but they can dry your face and leave you with acne or irritated skin. Some sunscreens can leave a noticeable whiteness on the face, even with fair skin.
The solution? Use a special sunscreen for the face. We have selected three that are ideal for everyday or occasional use, even when wearing make-up.
- Biore UV Watery Sunscreen 50 SPF ($ 13): Again, Biore sunscreen gel is great for its moisturizing properties. It contains royal jelly extract and hyaluronic acid, which (despite the name) moisturizes your skin throughout the day. Because it is a gel, it is also great for people who want to avoid a whitewash.
- Neutrogena Sensitive Face Sunscreen 50 SPF (11 USD): This affordable sunscreen for the face is perfect for those with sensitive skin. It is completely natural, fragrance-free and has a similar consistency to liquid primers. It does not leave a white glow (unless you use too much).
- Etude House Mild Watery Sunscreen 50 SPF (10 USD)): If you have oily skin, try this sunscreen gel from Etude House. It is cheap, oil free and does not leave a white glow.
Now that you have enough sunscreen, it's time to enjoy your summer. Go to the beach, spend time with your family, and find out about your favorite new sunscreen. You could save someone from a few wrinkles and sun spots.