Spend too long in the sun, and you’re likely to end up with sun damage like wrinkles and age spots. The right sunscreen can keep those blemishes at bay and guard against skin cancer. It can even help your skin heal if you’re already sunburned.
There are different types of sunscreens with different ingredients and levels of protection. Know that there really are no wrong picks. Dermatologists often say that the best sunscreen is the one you will actually use.
This means that a product helps filter two types of sunlight: UVA, which causes damage like fine lines and wrinkles and can lead to skin cancer, and UVB, which causes burns and can also lead to skin cancer. This term should be on the label of any sunscreen you use.
Water resistant Suncreen:
Sunscreens with this claim on the label will keep working for 40 to 80 minutes after you get wet. Each product has its own level of water resistance, so read the labels and follow instructions for how often to reapply.
This is a measure of how well the product filters out UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the more protection it generally offers from sunburn. No matter what SPF you use, you have to put more on at least every 2 hours.
Who should use Suncreen:
Everyone over 6 months old. Shade and clothing are the best ways to shield babies younger than that from the sun.
Sunscreen does expire:
Look for an expiration date on the bottles you buy. If they don’t have one, mark the month and year of purchase and toss it after 3 years. The FDA requires all sunscreens to work for at least that long.