What to Look for in the Perfect Sunscreen

If you’re searching for the best sunscreen to use during those hot summer months or any other time of the year, there are certain aspects you should consider prior to making your purchase. When selecting a sunscreen, make sure you check the label before making your purchase, as the FDA has certain regulations in place that labels need to follow.

Here are some ways to make sure you find the right sunscreen.

Find a Sunscreen Promoting “Broad Spectrum” Protection

Sunscreens that feature this on their label will provide protection against UVB and UVA rays. While all sunscreens protect against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburn and instances of skin cancer, UVA rays can also cause skin cancer along with premature aging. Any sunscreen that doesn’t feature “broad spectrum” protection must advertise that it only protects against sunburn, not skin aging or cancer.

Get Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or More

You’ll also want to make sure you get a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. SPF represents the level of protection the sunscreen provides against those harmful UVB rays. Keep in mind that while higher SPFs do provide more protection, the difference in the level of protection decreases the higher you go. Sunscreen with higher SPF will provide more protection, but no sunscreen is perfect.

Don’t Confuse “Water Resistant” with “Waterproof”

The fact is that there are no waterproof sunscreens on the market, nor are there sweatproof products. Any sunscreens that claim to be water resistant need to specify whether they last for 40 minutes or 80 minutes when swimming or while sweating. The best way to keep yourself consistently protected is to reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours or so, or even more frequently if you’re in the water or sweating. Sunscreen also comes off when using a towel, so you’ll need to reapply it if you plan on going back out after drying yourself off.

Other Means of Sun Protection

In addition to good sunscreen, you can also protect yourself from the sun by covering yourself up when out in the sun, wearing clothing and hats to keep your skin concealed, along with sunglasses. Seeking shade is another easy way to avoid sun exposure, and you can further protect yourself by avoiding sunlamps and tanning beds, both of which can cause long-term damage to your skin.

So, when looking for the ideal sunscreen, Frezyderm sunscreen or another high-quality product can give you the protection you need, along with other sun protection measures.