Getting the Right SPF in Sunscreen When Hitting the Beach


Getting the right Sunscreen Protection Factor (SPF) in sunscreen for better protection against the sun’s harmful UVB rays can be crucial. And these are the factors that you need to consider:

1. Broad-spectrum protection

Not all sunscreens have the same formulation. There are 2 factors that you should check to make sure that your sunscreen got the broad-spectrum protection that you need. Sunscreens should protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB ray protection is measured by checking the Sun Protection Factor (SPF). While, UVA ray protection is measured by looking at Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD).

For everyday use, dermatologist recommends choosing at least SPF 30. But, if you will have more intense sun exposure, you can choose sunscreen with higher SPFs. Also, look for the PPD factor: PA+++ sign. Sunscreens with PPD of around 8 can give you a good UVA protection.

2. Skin type

Asian skin is sensitive, becomes oily easily, and loses moisture fast. You should learn how to choose the sunscreen depending on your skin type. There are 3 basic skin types and here’s how to choose sunscreen for your type:

Normal skin– Because it is the least problematic skin type, any sunscreen can fit. This skin type can use cream based or gel based sunblock.

Oily skin– Oily skin is prone to develop skin breakouts and acnes. If you have oily skin, gel or aqua based protection will prevent pimples from cream based sunblock. This will also help you to lessen greasy feeling while on the beach.

Dry skin– The inability to retain moisture make dry skin type problematic when spending time at the beach.

3. Availability and cost

Availing sunblock can be expensive. Sunscreens that have higher SPF and PPD protection tends to cost more. So depending on your budget, you can opt to trusted brands for the protection you need.

4. Cosmetic value

Some sunscreen can leave “too greasy” or “too dry” feeling. Others can leave a white cast after application. Many sunscreens need at least 30 minutes before your skin fully absorb it. It would help if you apply the cream on a pat- dry skin after bath. It will help you to look good and feel good even after using sunblock.

Spending summer at the beach can be fun. But, protecting your skin against sunburn caused by extreme exposure to heat and UV rays can make it more joyful. It’s a must that you should pick the right sunblock for you by considering these four factors. Have a great summer!

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