5 Different Types Of Sunscreens And When To Use Them For Best Results

With everything now opening up after the Covid-19 pandemic, the chances of you stepping out of the house have increased considerably. And if you have been going around with the sun still out, then you most definitely must have heard about how important it is to wear sunscreen – I know I have heard a lot. With me being new in this game, I had so many doubts regarding sunscreens – what type I should buy, how much should the SPF be, when and how to apply it, and so many more. And with all of these doubts, I started my research, asked people who were deep into skin care, etc. and all of that knowledge left me with a good insight on the subject. It was during that time I realised that these are the questions a lot of people have and the answers to which are not that easily found.

So, I decided to be of some help and put forth the information about sunscreens in an easy way that can be helpful. Choosing sunscreen is a task but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Why? Well, because there are multiple types available for you to choose from and are specific to particular types of situations.

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Here are 5 different types of sunscreens you can choose from depending on the situation:

1. Water-resistant sunscreen

If you’re planning a day that includes water sports or water activities then going for a water-resistant sunscreen is perfect to protect you. Having said that, it may not be ideal for those sports that will cause the SPF to drip into your eyes. Also, make a note that no sunscreens out there are truly waterproof but they do a better job at protecting you from the sun than normal sunscreen.

2. Spray sunscreen

Out of all the sunscreens available, spray sunscreen is a very popular choice among parents who find it really hard to lather the product on their children. Having said that, one of the concerns with spray sunscreen is the fact that it might release harmful chemicals that the child can breathe in – so be careful when you spray this on your children.

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3. Broad-spectrum

Time for a little science – the sun gives out two kinds of rays, UVA and UVB, both of which can be harmful to the skin when exposed to it for a long period of time. And so using broad-spectrum sunscreens is always a good choice – as they block both UVA and UVB rays.

4. All-natural sunscreen

Though mineral-based sunscreens don’t work as well as the ones that are with chemicals, many still do opt for natural sunscreens. And if you are one to go all-natural, then find one that has a base of olive oil or coconut oil as they both provide the most protection since they have a natural SPF of around 8.

5. SPF-based sunscreen

At times when you know, you’re going to be exposed to the sun for a less period of time, going with a sunscreen with SPF 15 works wonders. However, if you’re going to be roaming around all day, then opt for sunscreen with SPF 50.  Here, you have to note that sunscreen that says 50 might actually have less SPF and so when it doubt just go 50.

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