Sunscreen 101: What Your Sunscreen's Label Should Say
It can be challenging to walk up and down the sunscreen aisle and wonder which is the best choice when there are so many options.
From flashy labels and then the option of spray on sunscreens versus the typical lotion- how do you know you're picking the right sunscreen to give you the right protection?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Dr. Vassilia Young a Dermatologist at Black Hills Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, says the SPF above 30 is not as important as the the amount of layers you apply.
“Just putting a teeny tiny bit of [sunscreen on] and calling yourself safe is not ok we find that we have to utilize sun block in a much more liberal manner so I tell my patients to utilize 2-3 layers,” says Dr.Young.
Finding a product that offers broad spectrum protection and made with the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide offers the best protection against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
Water resistant is also something to look out for, especially if you have kids running in and out of the water.
Dr. Young also recommends to replace your sunscreen every year, because the activity of the chemicals in the sunscreen decrease.
For more information visit the American Academy of Dermatology at their website: http://www.aad.org/