Protect Your Skin This Summer: 4 Tips on Selecting a Sunscreen

Overwhelmed when you are trying to pick out a sunscreen? Let these four facts help you enjoy the summer sun without any sunburn worries.

1. Choose a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher.

Why is this important? The SPF number rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing burning. For example, if it takes 15 minutes for a person to burn, an SPF 15 will allow them to stay out in the sun 15 times longer without burning. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing an SPF of 15 or higher for maximum protection. An article in WebMD states, “For the vast majority of people, SPF 15 is fine… But people who have very fair skin, a family history of skin cancer, or conditions like lupus that increase sensitivity to sunlight should consider SPF 30 or higher. Keep in mind that the higher the SPF, the smaller the increased benefit: contrary to what you might think, SPF 30 isn’t twice as strong as SPF 15. While SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB, SPF 30 filters out 97%, only a slight improvement.”

2. Look for “Broad Spectrum” on the bottle.

Broad spectrum means it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA is responsible for skin aging and UVB is responsible for causing sunburns, while both can cause skin cancer. An article on WebMD states, “There is no rating telling you how good a sunscreen is at blocking UVA rays, so pay attention to the ingredients: avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.”

3. Don’t miss out on fun or sun protection by using water resistant sunscreens.

The FDA defines water resistant sunscreen as an SPF level that stays effective after 40 minutes in the water. Very water resistant sunscreens hold on after 80 minutes of swimming. Stay safe by reapplying sunscreen after getting wet.

4. Cater to children’s special skin needs with kid-friendly ingredients.

An article on WebMD states “The sensitive skin of babies and children is easily irritated by chemicals in adult sunscreens, so avoid sunscreens with para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzephenones like dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone. Children’s sunscreens use ingredients less likely to irritate the skin, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.” Be sure to reapply every two hours or after swimming or toweling off. Also note that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies under 6 months be kept out of the sun altogether.

Don’t neglect your skin this summer! Stay protected by using these four tips the next time you are selecting a sunscreen. We recommend Intellishade, a tinted moisturizer that includes SPF 45, moisturizes and blends naturally with the color of your skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, matte formula contains the latest pore-minimizing technology, and fights photodamage which causes premature aging.

Shawna says about Intellishade, “I love Intellishade because it’s a 3 in 1 product- you get your moisturizer to protect your skin, you get your SPF protection, as well as a little bit of color for coverage!