Sunscreen is a standard product for not only the beach, but also day to day walking around. The sun is tremendously powerful and its rays can quickly burn your screen, which can not only lead to unsightly blemishes, sunburns, and dry uncomfortable skin, but also to more serious conditions like skin cancer. For this reason, these products are carried everywhere by people who live in bright climates as well as those people planning a day in the sun. Luckily, the powerful effects of these products have now been integrated with many other products such as makeup and lotion. This combination has greatly reduced the pain that many people associate with the summer months.
These products come in a huge variety of styles and types as mentioned above, but most people know them not by their delivery system – makeup, lotion, or actual screen – but instead their ubiquitous SPF rating. There’s been a lot of contradictory information regarding SPF ratings with talk that says SPF doesn’t matter or that it can only protect so much, but most aren’t familiar with what this common rating means at all. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and a product’s rating has to do with how much sun it blocks per a small area of skin. The debate surrounding this rating has mostly to do with whether such an analysis is really an accurate measurement of how protective sun blocking products actually are.
No matter though, because these products are effective to a large degree – as anyone who has gone out on a hot day without can attest. Instead of worrying about what is technically the best, consider the best options for your own skin and outdoor plans rather than what the highest SPF is. For example, as mentioned above, there are many types of makeup and lotions that have SPF ratings. Making these part of your normal day during the summer months will greatly improve the condition of your skin regardless of the specific SPF.
Depending upon the activity you’re headed out to enjoy in the sunny weather, you’ll want to examine the few different amenities that these products have available as well. The most common of which is waterproof block. Most people get their worst burns when out swimming in hot weather, so make sure that your sun block wont’ wash away as soon as you hit the water.
Finally, though the winter may not seem like a hot time, if you’re hitting the slopes, huge amounts of sunrays will be hitting your face from reflection, so make sure you use sun block in the snow as well.