How do I find the ideal sun protection for me?

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the question of finding the right sunscreen for each individual person. Thanks to the ever-growing plethora of beauty products, many of us are caught feeling slightly overwhelmed whenever spring is at the door. Now that that the first sunny days of the year are here, we have decided to tackle this issue – so you don’t have to! We’ll briefly explain the three factors you should consider when buying products with SPF (sun protection factor).

"Every skin type
has a different
level of built-in
protection against
UV radiation."

Natural ingredients

As with conventional beauty products, when it comes to sunscreens choosing those with natural ingredients over chemical-based ones is the better bet. While conventional sunscreen products rely on chemical UV filters that are absorbed into the skin after application, there are a variety of natural sunscreens available today that are equally up to the job of protecting the wearer from UV radiation, and thereby sunburns and potential skin cancer –without hormone-disrupting parabens and other preservatives.

Natural sunscreens work with the help of natural mineral UV filters, which, compared to their chemical counterparts, are not absorbed into the dermis but form a protective shield on top of the skin to reflect the sun's rays back out. This means you can immediately go into the sun since they do not need a wait-time of 20 minutes to be absorbed. The only drawback is natural sunscreens often leave a white residue, though this can be easily avoided with the right dosage and application.

Individual sun protection factor (SPF)

Every skin type has a different level of built-in protection against UV radiation. People with very light skin typically have very low protection of only a few minutes, while people with dark skin can spend up to two hours in the sun undamaged. The SPF found on creams and lotion dispensers indicates how much more time one can spend in the sun without the risk of burning. The rule of thumb is: the higher the SPF, the better the sun protection. Your skin type determines the kind of SPF you will need. The formula for calculating your how much SPF you need is follows: number of minutes spent in the sun divided by your skin's built-in SPF. For example, if you have fair skin and have a natural SPF of 10 (the minutes you can spend in the sun before burning) and you want to spend four hours in the morning sun, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 [240 (min.) ÷ 10 (skin’s own SFP) = 24 SPF]. With this, you can lie back in the sun and tan without risk or worry.

Balancing texture

Whether choosing a cream or lotion, the right texture should not be underestimated. Just as with any kind of skin care, the needs of your skin are vital when it comes to sun protection. If you tend to have oily skin, for example, using sheer gels are recommended. Dry skin, on the other hand, generally does better with richer and more moisturizing products. That’s why we advise a sunscreen that is designed for your skin type and balances its needs.

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