Sunscreen Types

The most important thing about sunscreen is that it gets used daily. If it stays on your shelf and not on your body, it does nothing to protect your body.

The brand of sunscreen you choose is not as important as its components: your sunscreen should be waterproof, with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and an SPF of 30 or higher.

Choose what you are likely to apply daily! When shopping you can choose from an array of lotions, creams, gels, ointments, sticks, and sprays. If you have dry skin, a cream sunscreen may be your best bet. If you need to apply in hairy body areas, a gel might be the easiest to use. A stick is good for around the eyes and mouth.

Sprays are sometimes the easiest way to apply sunscreen to young children, but make sure to thoroughly apply it. Do not inhale or apply near heat or open flame.

Sunscreen especially for those with sensitive skin is also available.

Sunscreen should be avoided for babies under the age of six months. Babies should be kept in the shade, covered, and kept well hydrated. After six months, babies should still be kept out of the sun, but 30 SPF sunscreen may be used on exposed skin.

Always reapply sunscreen throughout the day, especially if out in the sun or in water. After sun exposure, moisturize your skin well and stay well hydrated with water.

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