4 Tips on How to Choose the SPF for Sunscreen

Date:14-01-2014 07:20:19 read:2

SPF- Sunburn Protection Factor. Everything Sunscreen lotion will and must have this SPF on it. The SPF range starts from 15 and goes on to 30, 45, 60, 90 and more in some cases. The amount of sunlight that causes redness in sunscreen-protected skin, when divided by the amount of light that causes redness in unprotected skin gives you the SPF. SPF is first and foremost a measure of UVB protection offered by the sunscreen. A sunscreen with SPF of 15 can protect against 92% of UVB exposure. The sunscreen does not really stop the sunlight from affecting your skin, but in reality delays the amount of time your skin takes to get burnt in the sunlight. Not everyone has the same skin type and hence different SPF should be used on different people. Here are some tips on how to choose the SPF for Sunscreen.

1. Consult your dermatologist

Before you get an over the counter sunscreen and apply it everywhere, consult a dermatologist to find out which SPF would suit your skin and which product you should be using as you may be allergic to some of the ingredients in the sunscreen.

2. Pick a sunscreen based on your skin type

If your skin is really sensitive, you should go for a sunscreen with a higher SPF. Also if you have a lighter skin or a pale skin, you may have to opt for a sunscreen in the range of 45-60.

3. Pick a Sunscreen based on how long you will be exposed to the sun

If you are heading to the beach and you will be there for a long time, then it is wise to pick a sunscreen with a higher SPF and to apply it as often as possible. If it is really hot and you are wearing a bikini you should apply it every twenty minutes at least to avoid getting burnt in the sun.

4. Pick a sunscreen based on the altitude you are in

The SPF factor also changes depends on how high you are. Sunlight affects your body in different ways in different places. The way you get burnt and the amount of burn differ whether you are in the beach, the mountains or in the snow. Pick a sunscreen with the appropriate SPF depending on how direct and how harsh the sunlight falls on your skin.

You do not have to automatically go for a sunscreen with a high SPF factor or a low SPF factor because of your skin color. Since a sunscreen with SPF of 15 protects your skin 92% and no sunscreen offers 100% protection against sunburn, a higher SPF is not always the solution. Think of your skin type, the place and always consult a dermatologist before you lather on the sunscreen. The best thing to do is apply sunscreen at regular intervals and wear protective gear when you are exposed to the sun for longer periods.

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