If you are like many people, you probably are pretty confused when choosing a sunscreen. It used to be that you only had a couple of options. But now the shelves are filled with numerous varieties and SPF levels. However, it’s not necessary to spend a great deal of money to get good protection. Here’s a few things to look for.
- UVA and UVB – Make sure that the one you choose blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
- SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or above.
- Don’t waste your money on products that offer an SPF of more than 50. The increase in protection is minimal compared to the increase in cost.
- Water Resistant – Be aware that this only means that it will protect you for 30 to 40 minutes in the water. Once you get out, you still need to reapply. If the label says waterproof, it may protect you a little longer, but it still wears off in the water.
- Store brands are fine as long as they have the above protections. The most important thing is that you use it.
- According to the FDA, sunscreens should be good for up to 3 years. After that, throw it out and buy new. Check for an expiration date when you purchase it.