Choosing the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin

The sun can feel good on your skin, but it can also do a lot of damage. Your skin has some natural protection against the sun’s rays, but you’ll need assistance from a good sunscreen to keep your skin safe and healthy. Exposure to the sun can cause fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and even skin cancer, which is why it’s so important to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine year-round—not just in the summer. Keep reading to learn how to choose the best sunscreen for your skin. Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens No matter which brand or type of sunscreen you end up choosing, it is wise to choose one that provides broad-spectrum protection. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you against both UVA and UVB rays, which can cause wrinkles and cancer, respectively. SPF Rating When you look for sunscreens, you’ll notice that each one has a number on it with its SPF rating. The SPF factor measure how much protection a sunscreen will give you from getting a sunburn from UVB rays. Even if you don’t burn easily, you should choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for the best protection. Individuals who burn easily or have fair skin may want to get a sunscreen with SPF 30 or even higher to best protect themselves. If you have a family history of skin cancer or conditions that make you particularly sensitive to the sun, your dermatologist may recommend a higher-powered sunscreen. Water Resistance In the summertime, being out in the sun frequently means you’ll either be sweating a fair amount or taking a dip in the pool or ocean. Look for a sunscreen that is resistant to water and sweat so that the SPF remains effective even after you’re wet. Water resistance does not mean waterproof, so remember that you will need to reapply after you go swimming or after excessive sweating to maintain your protection. Trust the dermatologists at Clear Skin Doctors to provide you with expert care and advice when it comes to the health of your skin. Contact us at (520) 618-0232 to learn more about our services, and find out why we are Tucson’s top choice for dermatological care.