5. Skip the sprays (go for lotion instead).
The convenience of a spray may seem tempting, but spotty application is almost guaranteed — just think about windy gusts blowing half of your sunscreen away. Sprays have recently become a popular offering, because it seems like they save you from having to rub them in. But if you check the label, you actually must rub them in to work.
Plus, you can't actually measure how much you've applied on your skin (remember, at least a shot glass worth each hour!). Another drawback? They are easy to inhale, which isn't ideal. Lotion is the safest format, and if you're using enough of a good product, like our picks, it should not be difficult or tedious to spread.
4. There's no such thing as a "waterproof" or "sweatproof" sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen is an urban myth.
When shopping for a sunscreen, the "waterproof" feature is somewhat of an urban myth. You should never count on sunscreen to stick to your skin after swimming or working out — plus, per FDA regulation, sunscreen can only claim water-resistance for up to 80 minutes before reapplication.
If you do go in the water, it's important to reapply immediately after you get out. If you plan to be in the water for longer than an hour or so — say, if you're surfing or long-distance swimming — wear protective clothing instead.
3. Not all sunscreens use the same method protection. Try a chemical sunscreen to avoid looking chalky.
There are two main sunscreen formulas on the market: physical (which reflects beams away) and chemical (which soaks up rays before they hit your skin). Some companies even offer a hybrid version of both.
Generally speaking, physical sunscreens (those with zinc oxide and titanium oxide in the ingredients) are the ones that tend to appear white on the skin, Chemical sunscreens, that use oxybenzone and avobenzone, [usually] dry to a much more subtle finish. If a physical sunscreen is making you look chalky, try a chemical sunscreen instead.
Other than that, the only reason to choose one over the other is personal preference.
2. But, how you apply matters more. Apply a shot-glass worth every hour
According to a dermatologists The Sweethome spoke to as well as multiple academic papers and studies they referenced, you should apply a shot-glass-size worth of sunscreen (or about an ounce) every hour that you're outside. According to the research, most of us only use about a quarter to a half of what is actually needed to receive the advertised SPF benefits.
To make the most of your sunscreen, you should apply at least 30 minutes before you go outside, then once again each hour and every time after you swim and/or sweat. Sound like a lot of lotion? It is. Which means the more affordable your sunscreen the better.
This is an article from Today.com and with summer hear we all need to take note of this information if we plan on being in the sun.
1, Yes, SPF matters – Go for SPF 40 or above and apply liberally
Let's start with the basics. While Consumer Reports recently discovered that some SPF 60+ sunscreens didn't meet the claim on their label, you should still pay attention to that little number on the bottle. Use SPF 40+ as a benchmark and apply liberally (more on that later) to help reduce your chances of reddening, sunburn, wrinkles, liver spots, skin sagging and, most of all, skin cancer.
SPF stands for 'sun protection factor' and is a rough measure of how well the sunscreen can keep your skin from getting damaged by the sun. SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of the rays attacking your skin, and lower SPFs block less.
Equally as important? The amount of UVA and UVB protection listed. It's not hype at all! UVA and UVB rays cause different types of damage; Generally speaking, UVB rays cause sunburn, and UVA cause deeper, longer-term damage like wrinkles. "Both UVA and UVB contribute to skin cancer, so it's important to have a sunscreen that can block both