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About Qualities of Sunscreen Lotion

SPF is short for Sun-protection factor. All sunscreen lotions and gels have SPF printed quite prominently along with the actual SPF value on the pack. Dermatologists will always advice you to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15. There are products available whose SPF count is higher, you might find lotions with SPF 40, 50 and 50 too in the market.

The sunscreen should be able to help you ward off the harmful effects of UVB and UVA rays that cause damage to skin-cancer in extreme cases. There are certain components that you should look for in a sunscreen. These include benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and avobenzone (Parsol 1789). If you want complete protection against sun then go for broad-spectrum sunscreen lotions.

Also keep in mind what kind of skin you have. Applying a sunscreen on oily skin which makes it look sticky and even more oily is of no use! Then again, moisturising sunscreen is the best option for dry skin so that it doesn’t look wrinkly due to lack of hydration.

It is also important to take care of specific needs of athletes. If you exercise out in the open (like running or cycling) or like to swim in the hot weather, then a sunscreen which is water resistant fits the bill perfectly. Otherwise you will just end up washing the sunscreen on your body away with sweat/water.

There are certain sunscreen lotions available today in the market that doubles up as a makeup base. These tinted sunscreen lotions act as a mild foundation so that while going out, you do not end up with layers of cosmetics on your skin.

Any sunscreen will work best if it is applied properly. Be generous while applying it on your skin, instead of just dabbling a bit on your face and neck. Also, apply it at least 20 minutes before you venture out in the sun. Also remember, that you must reapply the sunscreen every 2-3 hours and wear protective clothing also to avoid skin-tanning and cancer.