Choosing which sunscreen to use can be confusing, so how do you know which one works the best for you? Look for a sunscreen that contain broad spectrum protection which effectively protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
If you are going to be outside for a short period of time, a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, which filters out about 93 percent of UV radiation, is acceptable.
If you are going to be outside for long periods of time, sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher would be good. SPF 30 can protect you up to 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays ; SPF of 50+ filters out up to 98 percent.
Sunscreen for Children
Children have sensitive skin and can most benefit from sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide;usually found in sunscreens for babies and children. Spray sunblock or tubes with colorful packaging and up to SPF of 30+ are good options. To apply spray sunscreens correctly, the spray should be misted into the hands then spread onto the face
Recommendation sunscreens for children:
- Coppertone Water Babies Delicate Foaming Lotion- Fun moisture-rich foam that can be easily applied. SPF 75+
- Sunbow Sunscreen: Sprays out in fun colors like pink and yellow, but dries clear. SPF 30+
- Dr. Robin Sunscreen for Children: Contains natural minerals, quinoa, and oat for skin nourishment. SPF 30+
Sunscreen for Allergy, Ccne, and Rosacea-prone Skin
Avoid sunblock containing PABA or oxybenzone, and have fragrances. Cream based sunscreens tend to have more oils and moisturizer that can prompt a acne breakout. if breakouts are a problem, noncomedogenic sunscreens won't clog pores
Recommended sunscreens for acne/senstive prone skins:
- Vanicream Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 60: non-comedogenic sunscreen, free of fragrances, lanolin, and parabens
- Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), paraben-free and non-comedogenic sunscreen. Contains SPF of 50+
- Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock: Contains SPF of 30+, lightweight, noncomedogenic lotion. Careful applying around the eyes
Sunscreen for Dry Skin
Look for a sunblock that contains moisturizer and ingredients such as lanolin, oils and dimethicone. Moisturizing sunscreens are often labeled as creams, lotions, or ointments.
Recommended sunscreens for dry skin:
- Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer: contains pomegranate oils for a tinted moisturizer of SPF 40+
- Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer: Made from organic fruits such as apple, white grape, and pomegranate
Sunscreen for People with Melasma, a History of Skin Cancer, or Very Fair Skin
If you have discoloration of skin pigmentation or very fair skin, a sunblock with an SPF of 100+ for extra protection is appropriate. Reapply every 2 hours, especially getting right out of water.
Recommended sunscreens for people who have melasma:
- Fallene Total Block UVA/UVB Complete Full Spectrum Sun Protection: variety of both tinted and untinted, covering uneven tones and blemishes. SPF of 60+
Recommended sunscreen for very fair skin:
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch sunblock: Matte sunscreen containing helioplex. SPF of 60+
Sunscreen for Darker Skin Tones
People with a darker skin tone who tan easily may feel they don’t need to use sunscreen. However, a tan is the result of DNA damage from exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15+ that contains broad-spectrum.
Recommended sunscreen for darker skin tones:
- Vanicream Sport Sunscreen Lotion: Contains a SPF 35
- Solbar Shield Sunscreen: contains a SPF of 40
- Nature’s Gate Aqua Block Sunscreen Lotion: Contains a SPF 50
Sunscreen for Older Person
Older people with limited mobility may have a hard time applying sunblock to certain areas. Spray-on sunscreens may be a great option. Without use of sunscreen, this could quicken the process of skin aging and development of age spots, wrinkles, sagging, and leathery skin.
Recommended sunscreen for the older person:
- Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray of SPF 70+
Stay safe and prevent the risk of skin cancer or skin aging by applying sunscreen, along with staying in the shade, wearing appropriate clothing, and avoiding UV tanning.