How to Choose the Best Sunscreen For You

Though many people forget to wear sunscreen or find it too messy or inconvenient to bother with applying, it’s considered to be one of the most effective ways to lower your risk of developing skin cancer, to prevent sunburns, to ward off wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, to avoid pre-cancerous lesions on the skin, and to stop hyperpigmentation. In other words, it’s essential! If you’re searching for which sunscreen is best, our dermatologists in Naples, FL, can help you choose an ideal product for preventing sun damage and creating a more even, uniform complexion.

Finding a good sunscreen gets more confusing when you realize that there are so many different types of products available, and studies suggest that not all products are created equal. Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for the most suitable sunscreen.

Choose a Broad-Spectrum Product

Before purchasing sunscreen, always read the label. We recommend looking for sunscreens that say “broad-spectrum” on the label, as these protect your skin from both types of UV light given off from the sun that are damaging to the skin: UVA and UVB. 

Look for at Least SPF 30 or Higher 

When you’re buying sunscreen, remember to pick products with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. The SPF basically refers to how effectively the sunscreen protects your skin from burns when you use it as directed. 

Consider Your Skin Type 

Knowing your skin type—normal, combination, dry, oily, or sensitive—is also important when you’re choosing sunscreens. Dry skin will benefit from a cream sunscreen that contains moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides. For oily or acne-prone skin, you’ll need water-based or gel sunscreens that are oil-free, non-comedogenic, and lightweight. Mineral sunscreens that don’t contain fragrance or oil are best for very sensitive skin. 

Get more advice on sun protection and techniques to reduce sun damage by calling us at Skin Wellness Physicians at (239) 732-0044, or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you shortly. 

Kaitlyn Bennett

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