Now that the pools are open and temperatures are on the rise, it’s important to think about protecting yourself from sunburn. With more and more research coming out about the importance of protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun, there are dozens of different sunscreens and sunblocks on the market. Times have changed — it’s not just Water Babies and Banana Boat anymore.
The first thing to know is that there is a difference between sunblock and sunscreen. Sunblock — as its name suggests — reflects the sun’s rays and therefore blocks them from even reaching your skin. Sunscreen, however, absorbs UV rays (News-Medical.net, 2007). Sunblock will often appear thick and white when applied and sunscreen is much less visible.
SPF level is another thing to be aware of. Dermatologists recommend SPF 30 for everyday use and SPF 50 when anticipating outdoor activity (The Huffington Post). “SPF 30” simply means that it will take 30 times longer to burn after applying that level of sunblock or sunscreen than if you were wearing none at all. For example, if it would take you one minute to burn with no SPF 30 on, it would take you 30 minutes to burn after application.
As for children and those with more sensitive skin, many recommend that you seek out a sunblock, rather than sunscreen, because it creates a protective layer.
What are your go-to sun-protection products? Leave us a comment!
By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor