It is a common misconception that wearing a high factor sun cream eliminates the chance of a golden tan but creams and oils that are very low in SPF will greatly damage your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. By sticking to a high SPF you are decreasing your chances of permanent damage from burning and, God forbid, resembling that leather bag your friend brought back from Morocco that one time. Before stocking up it is important to do some research on what sunscreen would be best for your skin type as, just like our skin, no two products are ever the same. Here’s how to choose the best sunscreen for you:
Unfortunately fair skin is known to be rather flammable and very prone to getting burnt. In fact with no sunscreen you can pretty much guarantee that even a mojito on the veranda is enough time in which to turn an angry hue. Always use a sunblock with an SPF 30 or above and go for one that sits on top of the skin for maximum cover.
With dark or tanned skin you can choose a transparent gel or spray formula that contains the chemical sunblock, Parsol 1789. Avoid using sunblock’s containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as these can look grey and chalky on darker skin. Still be sure to use at least an SPF 30 though, the sun is a tough mudda and you really shouldn’t mess.
Go for sunblock that is both oil and fragrant free to avoid upsetting the natural balance of your skin. Try using a gel or light spray formula in an attempt to keep your pores unclogged and avoid that ‘just ran 5k in 35 degree heat’ look. Dry Skin With the sun shining out heat rays of pure drying power it is important to ensure that you are as protected as possible. Choose a cream with added hydrating ingredients like glycerin or aloe and run a mile from gels and sprays that contain alcohol. Sensitive Skin Use a physical sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as they are less irritating to your skin and perhaps consider spending long periods of the day under cover of shade.
Avoid heavy and sticky sunblock’s here and look instead at oil-free alternatives. It is important to note that acne-prone skin is, of course, ultra-sensitive and the upmost care should be taken when protecting it from damaging rays. There is obvious cause for people to worship the sun; it’s bright, hot and has the ability to create an optical illusion that shaves pounds off our figures. However, it must be respected. There is no going back on the damaging effects of UVA and UVB so start young and start high and be sure to seek shade in the hours that the sun is at its highest in the sky. Go and gorge yourself inside on the buffet table instead!
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