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Find the Best Sunscreen For Yourself Which Sunscreen is the Best for You?

If you're confused by all the advice and differing accounts on sunscreen, don't give up. Finding the best one is possible.

However, before you start trying to find the best sunscreen, you should first inform yourself on how to best protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. The way to do this is by avoiding peak hours during the day, which is typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. no matter what season it is. Also, make sure to wear clothing for protection, such as pants, sunglasses, long sleeves and hats with a wide brim. If you plan on being outside for extended amounts of time, it would be wise to invest in special clothing with added sun protection. And, of course, don't forget to apply generous amounts of sunscreen.

When choosing which sunscreen to use, take into account that you want to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the type that can penetrate deep into your skin and affect your immune system, increasing age spots and wrinkling. UVB rays are what can burn your skin and increase your chances of skin cancer. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed for to protect you from both.

It is also important to keep a sunscreen's SPF (sun protection factor) number in mind. While many dermatologists agree that products should have an SPF of at least 30, a sunscreen with a higher SPF isn't necessarily that much more effective in protecting you against the sun. An SPF number can also be decreased by not applying enough sunscreen or by having it washed off during a swim.

Whichever form you choose to use, from lotions, sprays and wax sticks to powders and creams, it is up to you. If you apply it liberally, you should get the same coverage from each type. However, if you have sensitive skin, you should watch out for oxybenzone, which is an ingredient which is known to be irritating.

Do you want to avoid benzone products altogether? Mineral-based sunscreen is a good alternative, including zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They won't penetrate your skin, but will sit on the surface. This choice is safe and effective. But how you use the sunscreen is more important than what type you get. If you apply a generous amount of sunscreen with a high enough SPF, and reapply during extended use, you should be protected. Always follow the directions on the label and check to see that it is not expired.

No matter what you choose, just remember that any sunscreen is better than none and you should use it all year long, along with common sense.
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