7 Things to Know before Buying a Sunscreen Lotion

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 10, 2015

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A sunscreen all the time during the day is a must to shield the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you are confused about what sunscreen to use, here is a quick guide.
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    Different Sunscreens for Different Skin-types

    Most sunscreens can benefit dry skin. Many natural moisturizers are used in sunscreens, including lanolin, oils and silicone such as dimethicone. If you have oily skin or your skin is prone to acne, it is advised to look for a water-based sunscreen.

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    Know ‘broad-spectrum’ Label

    Always choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays. A sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 is sufficient when you spend not much time out in the sun (say 15 minutes). If you are likely to be out for longer, you need a sun protection factor (SPF) of more than 15.

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    What are your Expectations?

    You can choose a sunscreen from multiple brands that are available in the market. If you sweat a lot or have to go swimming, you can go for a waterproof sunscreen. Read the label of every sunscreen product that you wish to purchase for details such as no-sting product formulation for a certain skin-type.

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    If you experience Allergic Reaction

    Not all sunscreens have the same ingredients. If your skin reacts adversely when you buy sunscreen lotion, it could be because of sensitivity to a certain ingredient. In that case, try a sunscreen with different chemicals to the one that you are using.

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    For Kids

    A child's skin is sensitive and gets easily irritated by chemicals in adult sunscreens. If you read para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzephenones (dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone) on the label, avoid it. Look for a kids-friendly sunscreen.

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    Don’t go by Phony Claims

    Don’t go by what you see in magazines or what celebrities on TV who are endorsing a certain brand say. An expensive brand might feel or smell better than not-so-expensive brands, but the former might not necessarily be more effective than the latter.

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    What Else to Check on Label

    Sunscreen ingredients might degrade over time which makes it inappropriate for use. Be aware of the expiration date!

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    Wearing Sunscreen is 'not a complete protection'

    It is an important part of a sun protection regimen, but none of the sunscreens can provide complete protection against health risks. Sun protection regimen should also include seeking shade, avoiding UV tanning, and wearing protective clothing or a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.


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