The Truth About Body Sunscreen

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Whether you are traveling to an exotic beach resort or heading to the mall in the dead of winter, wearing body sunscreens is an absolute must. Sunscreen products have many benefits, from sunburn protection to dry skin hydration. The type of sunscreen product you choose is determined by where you will be and how often you will be out in the sun. In places like India and Thailand, where the sun is more prominent for a longer period of time each day, you may need to purchase specialized sun protection products. In other locations like the US, body sunscreens for women can be purchased at any store that offers beauty products.

Broad spectrum body sunscreen products are suitable for almost all skin types. Lightweight, greaseless, oil-free and formulated with rich natural mineral oils that help restore your skin’s protective barrier, these body sunscreens contain phytessence wakame to prevent damaging UV rays from drying out your skin. When selecting a body cream or lotion with this sunscreen ingredient, pay close attention to the ingredient label to make sure you select a product with minimal, if any, fragrances.

For those individuals with sensitive skin, facial sunscreens are available for both men and women. Similar to body sunscreens, facial sunscreens come in a variety of sun protection products, including gels, lotions, spray on sunscreens, mousses and facial masks. In the past, facial sunscreens were often a problem as they contained chemicals that were irritating to the skin, which could even cause irritation and sun breakouts. Facial sunscreens are formulated with the latest advancements in skin care technology, including preservatives, a wide pH range, and no fragrance. However, it is important to apply sunscreen to your face no more than twice per day and to always use an SPF-rated sunscreen when outdoors.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreens is available in both lotions and creams. Broad spectrum sunscreen was designed with the new parent ingredients to better protect your skin while still providing many of the beneficial sunscreen agents that you need. Many people with sensitive skin have experienced that mainstream sunscreens cause their skin to become dry and even flaky. However, using a wide spectrum body sunscreen will provide you with a long-term solution and you’ll be able to control how much sun exposure you receive.

A sunscreen containing the newest generation of antioxidants and UV light blockers will dramatically reduce your chances of developing cancer. The newest UV light blockers, including oxybenzone and benzophenone, significantly decrease the amount of time that your sunscreen will stay on your skin by preventing it from absorbing UVA and UVB rays. This allows you to expose fewer hours under the sun’s UV rays, which is ideal for people who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. Additionally, sunscreen containing these compounds will help to improve the look of your skin, as well as reduce your risk for skin cancer and other skin

Even though there have been no official studies examining the effectiveness of sunscreen products, many dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons suggest that they are beneficial. “Many people are not exposed to the levels of UVB rays that are needed to cause cancer, but our tests have shown us that we do,” said Dr. Samir Melki, who is the director of Dermatology and Preventive Medicine at Pace-UCLA Medical School in New York City. “Based on our findings, we believe that using sunscreen can potentially lower your risk.” While the debate continues between the benefits and the risks of SPF 30, it is clear that there are some benefits. Even if you choose to forego the chemical sunscreens, you should consider applying sunscreen every time you go outside.

Although dermatologists have their reservations about sunscreens, many people believe that the sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays is sufficient protection. Still, regardless of whether or not you should apply sunscreen every two hours, many doctors recommend that you use it every morning and every evening. To be safe, it’s always best to apply sunscreen when you think you may experience the sun’s damaging effects, and remember to reapply sunscreen before swimming or being exposed to the sun while in the water.

Before you buy any sunscreen, it’s a good idea to read the labels carefully. Some sunscreens are less effective, have a shorter staying power than others and may actually cause your skin to age faster. Although dermatologists often recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen that contains the types of antioxidants that help to fight free radicals, you’ll still need to apply sunscreen each day and for many months to ensure that your body receives the daily dose of UV rays needed to prevent sun-related skin damage.