Skin types, sunblock and SPF

Almost everyone is in the open air every day. We do various sports, go for walks, relax in the bosom of nature or stay outside because our work requires it. Whether you are outdoors for leisure or you earn in this way, multiple exposure to the sun will have obvious consequences for your skin.

The skin that is exposed to the sun many times becomes hard, thick, and wrinkles appear earlier.

An appropriately selected sunscreen product provides sufficient protection against UV rays. This is an effective way to protect your skin from the effects of aging.

Cosmetic products with sunscreen is very wide. If you want to choose a cream that fits your skin, consider the following factors.

Composition of sunscreen

Some sunscreen products only protect against UVA or UVB radiation. UVB radiation is more harmful to the skin. However, you can buy cosmetics that protect you from both types of radiation at the same time. Before making a purchase make sure all ingredients come from natural and safe sources and contain no potentially harmful substances.

SPF, sun protection factor

The SPF label on the product defines the strength of sun protection. Based on the SPF number, you can calculate the time by which the cream will protect you from sunburn. SPF determines how many times longer you can stay in the sun than without using a cream. For example, if you normally (without using sunscreen) can stay in the sun for 20 minutes before getting burned, and you would like to tan five times longer, then you must use a cream with an SPF value of 5.

Skin type

When choosing a sunscreen it is important to consider different types of skin because the skin can react to the sun more or less rapidly. Children should use SPF products with a minimum of 15. Bright-skinned people should use SPF products between 20 and 30. Dark-skinned people are least likely to get sunburn – sunscreens of between 8 and 12 are sufficient. The greatest caution should be maintained by people with very bright complexion and people suffering from skin diseases. In this case, consider using sunscreen products with the highest available SPF.

When choosing the most suitable sunscreen product and regardless of skin type, use a moisturizer before using sunscreen. To ensure the best possible UV protection, the sunscreen product should be evenly distributed over all areas of the skin that will be exposed to UV rays.

Regardless of your decisions about being in the sun, remember to take care of your skin only “now” and the future will show whether you did it well.

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