Over the past year, you may have noticed new changes in the labeling of your favorite sunscreen. Certain sunscreen designations are gone, such as waterproof and any SPF over 50. Also if your sunscreen is water resistant, the label must now define if the water resistance lasts either 40 minutes or 80 minutes. Regardless of the changes in labeling, here are our recommendations on what to look for in any sunscreen. For help on picking out the right sunscreen for your skin type, stop by our Skin Corner and we would be happy to help you choose the best sunscreen for your skin.* Finding a sunscreen that you actually like the feel of is critical, otherwise you won’t use it everyday!
- At least an SPF of 30 – This will provide enough protection for everyday.* SPF 30 keeps out 97% of the UV radiation.
- Broad Spectrum – This ensures you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Physical Sunscreen such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide – Physical sunscreens, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, generally provide a greater degree of broad spectrum protection and are less harsh on the skin than chemical sunscreens.* Look for high concentrations of these ingredients. (5% or higher)
- Water-Resistant – This is especially important for those that are more active.