Facts About Sunscreen SPF Levels
With all the sunscreen products out there, it can be mind boggling to know which one to choose. Think about these answers to your burning questions about sunscreen:
Q: Does the kind of sunscreen I use matter?
A: Whether lotion, gel or spray form, be sure to use one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and offers at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15.
Q: What does a sunscreen's SPF rating mean?
A: The SPF number lets you know the level of protection from UV rays the sunscreen offers compared to not wearing any at all. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and re-applying every two hours and after swimming or sweating for more complete protection.
Q: Do sunscreens need to be reapplied during the course of a day?
A: Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when it comes to reapplication, and still reapply often during peak sun hours or after swimming or sweating. Be sure to put on plenty of sunscreen about 20 to 30 minutes before going outside to make sure you get the highest level of protection.
When used with other protective measures, sunscreen can shield your skin from sun damage and the dangers of skin cancer. It's a real lifesaver you'll want to keep on hand, and on your body.