Sunscreen for Any Skin Type

Sure we’re all aware that being out in the sun without skin protection can cause damage. However, many people still avoid using sunscreen, not just because they don’t want to dim their glow, but because they have some concerns about which products are best for them. Your Makeover Essentials experts are here to help you out by going over a few things that cause confusion:

• What Does SPF and the Number After It Mean?: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The numbers – 15, 30, and 50 – relate to how much of the sun’s UVB rays are blocked and how long you’re protected in the sun. For example, SPF 15 protects you for 150 minutes and blocks 93 percent of the UVB rays compared to SPF 50, which protects you for 8 hours and blocks 98 percent of the UVB rays. Note that it’s still recommended – no matter what SPF – to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

• What Type of Product Is Best?: Sunscreens come in all sorts of forms, from lotions and creams to sprays and balms. As we’ve noted around Makeover Essentials, they all have their pluses and minuses. Creams tend to give more protection than sprays, but they’re harder to apply. It all depends on what you’re looking for.

• What About Sensitive Skin?: If you’re prone to skin allergies, breakouts or rosacea, avoid anything that has PABA, oxybenzone, or avobenzone in the ingredient list, as these tend to trigger more reactions. The same is true with products containing preservatives or fragrances. If you have dry skin, look for a sunscreen with moisturizers.

• Do Darker Skin Tones Need Protection?: Absolutely. Even if you tan easy or have dark skin, you still need to protect against potential damage from UVB rays. EVERYONE needs to guard against the sun.

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