9 Tips on Buying and Applying Sunscreen ...


When it comes to buying and applying sunscreen, there are quite a few things to keep in mind.

I wish it were as easy as slathering on some random sunscreen in the morning and not having to worry about it until the next day, but there’s so much more to it than that.

There are so many different brands, types and formulas that it can be a bit overwhelming when you’re not sure what you really want and need.

Allow me to make the task of buying and applying sunscreen a little easier with these 9 helpful tips!

1. Bigger is Better

Bigger is Better

When you’re talking SPF when buying and applying sunscreen, most of us tend to assume that the bigger the number on the bottle, the better.

Well, it’s true to a point.

Generally, you don’t want to use a sunscreen with an SPF less than 15 so as long as it’s more than SPF 15, you’re good.

However, you don’t necessarily need SPF 90 either.

Sunscreen with high SPF can be misleading because it seems like the higher than SPF, the longer it lasts and better it works, but that’s not true.

The Environmental Working Group recommends choosing sunscreen that contains an SPF over 15 and under 50.

2. Know the Difference

Know the Difference

In case you’re wondering about sweat and waterproof formulas vs.

sweat and water-resistant formulas, in 2011 the FDA banned companies from using the terms sweat proof and waterproof since the claims are false.

So now you’ll only see the terms sweat resistant and water resistant on sunscreen.

If you plan on being active outdoors, go for a water resistant formula which will provide you with up to 80 minutes of protection before you need to reapply.

3. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin or certain skin conditions like rosacea, opting to use a kids’ sunscreen might be your best bet.

According to WebMD, sunscreens for kids generally contain fewer irritants and chemicals than adult formulas so there is less chance of having a bad reaction.

Make sure you look for sunscreens that don’t contain alcohol or fragrances, also.

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