What is your sunscreen type?

 

Although we may love the outdoors, the beach, and the sexy tan; overexposure to the sun can cause more harm to us than our skin can take. It is imperative that we all understand the damage we expose ourselves to when we venture out in the sun. Whether the summer is upon us or not, using a sunscreen is important to limit the dangers that the harsh ultraviolet rays can cause. A sunscreen with the highest amount of SPF (sun protection factor) is ideal.

But are you using the right sunscreen type for your skin? Surely we all have different skin types and hence our needs are different as well. Take a look at the different types of sunscreens listed below and be sure to pick the right one that suits your needs.

 

Gel sunscreens:

Gel sunscreen

Gel sunscreen

 

Gel sunscreens are better absorbed in the skin. They can be used by swimmers and people who have acne-prone skin.

Cream based sunscreens:

Sunscreen lotions and creams

Sunscreen lotions and creams

 

Cream sunscreens are best used for children and elderly people. Try a sunscreen lotion if you are into swimming.

Wipes:

Sunscreen wipes

Sunscreen wipes

 

Sunscreen wipes are great for people who are always on the go, or those who are mostly outdoors and cannot keep reapplying sunscreen.

Spray sunscreens:

Spray-on sunscreen

Spray-on sunscreen

 

Spray sunscreens are good for areas like the arms, back and thighs. Do not use them directly on your face. If you like the bronzed look, opt for a tinted sunscreen close to your skin tone.

Powder sunscreens:

Powder sunscreens are mineral sunscreens that can be used safely by people who have sensitive skin, are allergic to chemical sunscreens, and don’t like the creamy texture of sunscreen lotions.

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