Now that the summer is almost over, many of us have a tendency to put away their sunscreen... and that's not a great idea! Research has proven that daily sun protection, even low SPF, greatly reduces long term consequences of UV radiation (including skin cancer and premature skin aging).
Regular applications of sunscreen can help fend off early skin aging and skin cancer.
It is not enough to just choose a brand for skin care products, you should also pay attention to the differences between "mineral" sunscreen and "chemical" sunscreens. Each one has its benefits.Here are some quick tips to know the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens.
Basically, mineral sunscreen has multiple names and is made from ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. This type of sunscreen is going to sit on top of your skin and act like a shield to deflect sun rays. It also tends to last a bit longer in direct UV light. Dermatologists agree that when used correctly, mineral formulations can be effective and are safe even for children and sensitive skin.
Chemical sunscreen is great for everyday wear.This type of sunscreen is going to sink into the skin and act like a sponge to absorb sun rays. The formulas are easy to apply and generally lightweight so they rub in effortlessly leaving no white residue behind. However, these sunscreens often rub into the skin and leave a soft appearance.
What is SPF and How is it Measured?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it’s a way of measuring the amount of protection you can expect from UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of no lower than 30, which blocks 97% of harmful UVB rays.
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