Tips for buying, applying sunscreen

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

Our tests of over 70 sunscreen lotions, sprays, sticks, and lip balms show that you can't always rely on the sun protection factor (SPF) number, a measure of protection from ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which is the chief cause of sunburn and a contributor to skin cancer.

Thankfully, the Annual Sunscreen Guide by the Consumer Report has separated the effective products from those that are doing little more than moisturising your complexion.

"Most of us don't apply sunscreen as much as the studies done on the sunscreen indicate that we should", he said.

If you're looking for a sunscreen containing mineral ingredients, thinking they contain fewer chemicals shop carefully.

"Don't make the mistake of thinking that water-resistant means waterproof". "If you get into the habit of applying sunscreen when you're younger it does prevent a lot of problems like skin cancer, premature aging, wrinkling and other types of rashes".

Put it on clean, dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to allow it time to interact with your skin.

Be sure to cover often overlooked spots, such as your ears, upper back, the backs of your hands and the tops of your feet.

Many of those deaths may have been preventable by something as simple as applying sunscreen.

Re-apply at least once every two hours and after swimming or exercise.

So what you should look when you buy a sunscreen? If you leave it in the glovebox of your vehicle or in the sun, it may lose its effectiveness. If you are out in the sun, you should be using some form of sun protection - you don't need me to tell you that.

"There are so many things you're not supposed to use and sunscreens you're not supposed to use, so that's what's hard as a parent", she told, "I just buy, you know, whatever, but I feel like I second guess what I use a lot".

How much sun cream should you really use?

. 'All sunscreens on the market must be listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and tested and rated according to Australian standard AS/NZS 2604:2012. They may also have distorted lenses.

Portela says that even if you think you don't need it, still you do.

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