What To Look For:
Chances are you’ll be spending a fair amount of time in the sun this summer. To keep you and your family as safe and happy as possible, you might find it prudent to stock up on some quality, fool-proof sunscreen. Sunscreens and lotions can do more than just protect from sunburns; they can help minimize your risk of skin cancer caused by prolonged sun exposure. And since not all sunscreens are created equally, there are a few things to keep in mind while shopping for the best sun protection available. Here’s what to look for:
SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and it can mean a lot when you’re shopping for the right sunscreen. While many sunscreen products are available in 15, 10, or even a barely-there 5 SPF, experts recommend that you wear formulas with at least the 30 SPF. The higher an SPF number, the longer a sunscreen can help block harmful UVA and UVB rays. If your summer activities include long days at the pool or beach, then it would be smart to turn to a higher than normal SPF sunscreen. A sunscreen with an SPF of 50, such as the SolRX High Performance Waterproof Sunblock, allows you and your family to safely enjoy the sunshine for hours on end.
Water Resistant Formulas
There’s no use wearing sunscreen around the pool if it runs off the minute you hit the water. In order to keep your sunscreen lasting as long as possible at the beach, lake, river, pool or splash pad, be sure to choose a product that’s water resistant. Some lotions are able to last for an hour or two in the water, while others are guaranteed to last for 8+ hours without washing, wiping, or sweating off. While water resistant formulas are the best sunscreen option for use around water, they are also great for athletes who sweat in the sun. Their stay-put consistencies will help keep the lotion from running into the eyes or getting on workout equipment.
Modern day sunscreens are made with the latest sun protection ingredients. When shopping for a good sunblock for your family, look for sun blocking ingredients such as Avobenzone and Helioplex. These two ingredients work together to absorb harmful UVA rays. Zinc, another popular ingredient, actually works to reflect and block harmful sunlight from ever penetrating the skin. SolRX Dry Zinc Sport Sunscreen, available in SPF 40, is different from other traditional zinc formulas. Instead of leaving behind a thick, visibly-white finish, the lotion was formulated to go on clean, clear, and non-greasy.
While not entirely important for sun protection, swimmers with sensitive skin will appreciate finding a sunscreen that won’t irritate their skin. If you or your family has sensitive skin issues, look for formulas that are hypoallergenic, PABA free, fragrance free, and/or odor free. Omitting these unnecessary ingredients will help minimize allergic reactions to extra sensitive skin.
If you’re planning on spending any amount of time this summer in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen to protect your precious skin. For best results, apply sunblock at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. And don’t be afraid to reapply more sunscreen after lengthy swim sessions and prolonged sun exposure. While sunscreen works great, it’s always a good idea to use hats, shirts, and sunglasses to protect yourself even further from harmful rays.
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