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You must already be dreaming of going to some beautiful beach, or maybe you’re planning to spend some time in the mountains, near a beautiful lake to relax while you sunbathe. No matter where you go in the next sunny days, there’s one essential item you mustn’t forget to pack: your sunscreen!
We all know by now that the ultraviolet rays of the sun damage our skin, so if you want to keep your skin glowing, healthy and young-looking, even on cloudy days you shouldn’t forget your SPF, let alone during summer time!
But how to choose the right sunscreen?
As the experts at the Skin Cancer Foundation explain, there are two types of harmful sun rays; UVB rays, that cause sunburn and can cause cancer, and UVA rays, that cause skin ageing and wrinkles.
The SPF number (sun protection factor) on your lotion’s label refers to the amount of protection against UVB rays the sunscreen has, which means, how long can you stay under the sun without getting burned compared to without any sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 to 50. And how about the UVA? It is essential to choose sunscreens that are “Broad spectrum”; they protect your skin against both UVB and UVA rays. If you are at the beach, lake or pool, better use a water-resistant lotion, apply it 30 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply it after swimming or sweating, and every two hours.
How to best use SPF to avoid a sunburn
Be careful. Because sunscreen gives you the impression you have enough protection, you may stay too long in the sun and damage your skin; even when wearing sunscreen, don’t forget to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Reapply the sun lotion frequently and wear a hat and sunglasses; otherwise, you may end up looking like a tomato and with such a painful sunburn that you won’t even be able to get dressed after the shower, missing out on all the after-beach fun!
With so many sunscreens available on the market, there’s one for each taste and each pocket, so you have no excuse not to protect your skin!
To help you find the right SPF, here’s a list of our favourites: