Sun Protection – How to Pick the Best Sunscreen

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How to pick the best sunscreen

During this upcoming summer season you will most likely want to live in the water to avoid the heat. You should remember, however, that trying to keep cool in the pool has its share of dangers. Make sure to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the summer sun with the best sunscreen products available. 

Sunscreen does several important things for you and your family. The most visible benefit is that you can avoid receiving a painful burn after a fun time at the beach. However, sunscreen also blocks other harmful effects of the sun, including UVA rays that are closely linked to the development of skin cancer.


What To Look For When Choosing A Sunscreen

There are several important factors that you should consider when buying sunscreen. You may be wondering how to pick the best sunscreen when there are so many varieties and brands available on the market. Two of the main factors that will effect how well your sunscreen performs are SPF and ingredients.


SPF

One of the most important aspects of buying sunscreen is picking the right number SPF. SPF, or sun protection factor, refers to the how long it will take for you to get a sunburn while using the product. Under ideal conditions, with a SPF 30 sunscreen it will take 30 times longer for you to burn.

It is a common mistake to assume that higher SPF numbers always equal better protection and safer conditions. In reality, an SPF 100 sunscreen blocks 99% of harmful UVB rays, as opposed to a lower SPF 50 sunscreen that blocks 98% of harmful UVB rays. When in doubt you can choose an SPF between 30 to 50 for the best results, as long as you use the product as directed.


Ingredients

Higher SPF also means that more chemical are packed into your sunscreen, which when concentrated can damage tissues and hormones in your body. 

A common sunscreen ingredient that you should be aware of is oxybenzone. Studies conducted on oxybenzone indicate that the human body might absorb this sun-filtering chemical more than might be safe. Concerns over the effect on pregnant women and children mean that it might be best to avoid sunscreen products with the chemical if you are pregnant or plan to use it on your children. 

Products Without Oxybenzone


Which Sunscreen Is Best?

How to pick the best sunscreen

Beyond considerations of SPF and ingredients, you need to choose a sunscreen that makes the most sense for your specific needs.

Sunscreen products come in a variety of brands that are marketed for certain purposes. Use the guide below to make a more informed decision this summer!


The Best Sunscreen for General Use

For a sunscreen used for all-purpose, general use, look for a high SPF and broad spectrum coverage for maximum benefits. You should also consider products that are quick and easy to use, such as spray-on sunscreens or sunscreen sticks. 

Things to Look For: 

  • High SPF
  • Full Coverage
  • Easy Applications

Top Picks 


The Best Sunscreen for the Face

How to pick the best sunscreen

Your face is one of the most important areas to protect from the sun when you’re hanging out in the pool or at the beach. Reduce early age lines and the risk of skin cancer by choosing sunscreen products that offer full coverage.

Additionally, you most likely want a sunscreen for your face that won’t feel heavy, greasy, and sticky. 

Things to Look For:

  • Sunscreen Plus Moisturizer
  • Lightweight Feel
  • Ingredients Like Hyaluronic Acid & Antioxidants

Top Picks

==> Top 10 Best Face Sunscreens Can Be Found Here <==


The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

If you have issues with sensitivity, you shouldn’t feel that you need to avoid sunscreen. Plenty of sun protection products include ingredients that work well with skin prone to irritation and redness. Choose mineral sunscreens for a natural product that doesn’t use harsh chemicals. Also try to find fragrance free sunscreens that won’t irritate your skin. 

Things to Look For:

  • Mineral Sunscreens
  • Organic Ingredients
  • Fragrance Free Labels

Top Picks 


The Best Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin

You need to use sunscreen to help protect your skin from blemishes and the marks of aging, but some sunscreens can actually cause acne to flair up. You should look for products that won’t make your skin too oily or too dry, depending on your skin type. Many sunscreens now are made with ingredients that won’t clog your pores and increase blackheads. 

Things to Look For:

  • Pure, Clean Ingredients
  • Matte Finish For Oily Skin
  • Moisturizing for Dry Skin

Top Picks 


The Best Sunscreen That is Kid-Friendly

How to pick the best sunscreen

Kids have more sensitive skin that is more likely to be easily damaged by exposure to the sun. You should be aware of the types of ingredients that are better on young skin, such as zinc oxide sunscreen. This type of sunscreen doesn’t use fragrance, parabens, or dyes – all kinds of ingredients that cause skin irritation, especially for kids. Water resistant products are also a must for kids who love to spend all day in the water, which can make it difficult to reapply very frequently. 

Things to Look For: 

  • Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
  • Water Resistant
  • Long Lasting
  • Quick Absorption

Top Picks 


Choose Carefully To Protect Your Skin

Sun protection during the summer months is essential to a happy and healthy season. By choosing your sunscreen through careful consideration of ingredients and overall protection, you can enjoy your time on the beach or in the pool with ease. Remember that some products also have special features that make them perfectly suited for certain skin types or people. When you buy a product suited to your needs, you will see better results! 

This summer you should prevent irritating burns and eliminate future risk for skin cancer by using effective sunscreen products. As long as you pay attention so that you pick the right ingredients and SPF number, you and your family and friends can spend every day in the water worry-free.

40 thoughts on “Sun Protection – How to Pick the Best Sunscreen

  1. Destiny

    Oh yes this summer is going to be great and fun. As the easy passes I add things to my list. This sunscreen is indeed something I need to get, I will take my time to choose the best with the help of this article. Thanks for adding value to my upcoming summer break.

  2. Vapz

    Hello,

    this is exactly what I was looking for, a lit go sunscreen products from a knowledge source so that I can be able to make the best informed choice. I once used an SPF-10 sunscreen at the beach and it really didn’t give full protection because I still came out a little burnt and being someone with a sensitive skin, I found it hard to get something that my skin wouldn’t react to. So,I’m quite glad that I found this post on how to pick the best sunscreen. The spray type seems to be more convenient for me. If I may ask, do you think that the children’s sunscreen can also serve me as my skin is quite sensitive?

    • Arta

      Hello there

      Thank you for sharing your experience. It is important to determine the proper sunscreen for your skin to avoid any threats to your health I know many people using children sunscreen to protect their skin and it is especially favored by people with sensitive skin.

      Hope this helps, Arta

  3. Chris

    Well you certainly learn something new every day – for years now I was going under the impression that a high level of SPF was the way to go….but I had no idea about it’s concentration leading to damage of particular tissues and hormones (very worrying, especially for kids!). 

    What SPF would you recommend as being safe, yet at the same time providing a stable amount of protection from the sun?

    • Arta

      Hi Chris

      I would suggest going for SPF 30 if you are not tanned yet, and SPF 10 – 15 if you are tanned.

      If talking about kids, it definitely has to be starting SPF 50 and up for little ones, and SPF 30 for bigger ones.

      This also depends on the type of skin. If the skin is sensitive and pale, SPF should be higher.

      Hope this helps!

      Arta

  4. Coach

    Great article. I can never decide which sunscreen to use for my son and me. He is a teenage tennis player and spends a lot of time in the sun, but at the same time his skin is sensitive and he is in the puberty stage so the possibility of acne breakouts is always there. 

    Given all this we just figured it takes too much time and energy to sift through to find the right product for us.

    But here comes your article, well presented and thorough, and giving up the right options. Thank you for this. I will certainly be passing it on to my son as well.

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Jannatul Ferdaus

    I have read your article very carefully, it is a great assumptions to choose the best sunscreen for sun  protection. You mentioned that , the main factors that will effect how well your sunscreen performs are SPF and ingredients. Most important aspects of buying sunscreen is picking the right number SPF. I think SPF 40 is perfect for sun protection. When you buy a product suited to your needs, you will see better result.Thank for sharing this post.    

  6. lynnsamuelson

    When I was younger I never paid attention to always wearing sunscreen but now I’m hyper-vigilant about it. There are so many out there now that don’t leave your screen greasy and/or streaked so there’s really no excuse not to. I’ve always assumed that a higher SPF provided better protection and never even thought about how the additional chemicals might be causing a different type of damage. Wow! I’ve used the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 and really like the way it feels on my skin. Another great one that a friend swears by is called Unseen Sunscreen Supergoop. I think it’s SPF 40. Are you familiar with that one?

    Erica

    • Arta

      Hey Erica

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. It is nice that you share your experience and knowledge about sun protection as it could help others.

      Supergoop sunscreens are favored by users due to both its cost, protection properties and easiness to use. So it is definitely also a good choice to try out.

      Cheers, Arta

  7. Kristena

    Thank you for all this informative information. I actually struggle quite frequently with choosing the right sunscreen. A lot of times when I choose one one of us still gets burned. My biggest issue is whether to get spray or lotion. Which one would you recommend? We usually get spray so we don’t have to worry about getting it off our hands, but the spray doesn’t always cover every where or you end up using a whole lot it because you can’t tell where it is covered. Do you have any suggestions for using the lotion one without getting it all over your hands because even if you rub it all in real well, it still leaves some on your hands?

    • Arta

      Hey Kristena

      Thank you for your comment. Sprays are considered more convenient and easier to use – that is true. However, it is stated by scientists that lotions are safer and better to use actually, even if you are left with greasy hands afterwards. And it is due to the fact that with the spray you can miss some area to be sprayed and it is not yet recognized whether or not the accidental inhale of the fumes poses any threat to the health.

      But actually, this is a great topic for the next post – we will investigate more on this topic and I will come back here with a link to the results of my investigation.

      But overall, greasy hands are the least you should worry about when choosing lotion over spray 🙂

      Cheers, Arta

      • admin

        Hey Kristena

        So we have had a deeper look into the evergreen topic – sunscreen spray vs lotion and our conclusions can be found here.

        Hope this helps!

  8. Stanley Loper

    Well written.  While not specifically mentioned I am part of a growing portion of the market for sunscreens, a user of medicines which cause skin sensitivity to the sun.  Some can cause such sensitivity that zinc oxide sunscreens with a high SPF are the recommendation.  While I know you can’t include everybody in an article perhaps you could consider including that?  The need to check the side effects of one’s medications and take action?  That might even be a topic for a post.

    • Arta

      Hey Stanley

      Thank you for your comment. Sun protection is a deep topic with a lot of nuances. Thank you so much for the idea for an article – we will investigate this topic and come back.

      Safe tanning, Arta

      • Hey Stanley
        Thanks again for the topic – we have investigated it and here you can read what is zinc oxide in sunscreen.

        Hope it helps, Arta

  9. Emmanuel Buysse

    My wife has no choice than picking the strongest one. She gets so easily burned, since her skin is the most vulnerable one you cna have. So he has to use a 50+, we went to a pharmacy to ask which one is the best. I also suggest doing that, so you won’t buy a wrong one, since some of them are quite malafide. Anyway, thanks for sharing it. 

  10. Aly

    Ooh, thanks for all of this information. I have fair skin that is also sensitive, so while it’s essential that my fair skin is protected from the sun, it can also be challenging to find one that doesn’t irritate the sensitivity. I’ve found that mineral sunscreens perform the best for me. My recent favorite is by Colorescience — it’s a brush on POWDER sunscreen that is not greasy at all! I love that I can stash it in my purse (or my car) and use it for touch ups throughout the day. 

  11. Mariana

    Hi!
    Great post and very useful! I really thought that a higher SPF was better, but it actually depends on the situation and what you are using it for. But as I usually use sunscreen for general use, I will keep using sunscreens with high SPF. Thank you for opening my eyes. From now on, I will be more careful when picking sunscreen and look what kind of ingredients they have. 

    Best, 

    Mariana

  12. Tracy

    Definitely buying a product inline with one’s need is the best way to go when making buying decisions. Reading through this post you mentioned the effect of making use of the best SPF as it will help to tone down and protect one from the sun. Though I do not know the appropriate SPF yet for me but I might try getting that of spf40, it should be cool for me. Besides, I learnt a couple of new things in the article.

  13. Henderson

    Of course its summer and everyone will be getting some sun at the beach or at the pool, so how can one protect themselves from the harsh sun and its burns. Well, all the answer is all you’ve written down here. I know what to look out for for my kid sister now. Is there anything specific for people with dry skin? Not like my skin is really sensitive but its usually very dry. I await your feedback

    • Arta

      Hey there

      Thank you for your comment. We plan to look into different skin types and the best sunscreens for each but in the meantime I suggest you look here as we have listed few popular dry skin products.

      Hope this helps, Arta

  14. Chloe

    A really useful article I must confess this is indeed. My eldest daughter just clocked 20 and all she wants to do is sit by the pool or go to the beach to have fun. She got a particular sunscreen that wasn’t just not serving its purpose but also causing reactions on her skin. I am really happy to have seen such useful post to help her when next she I getting another sunscreen. Thank you for this info.

  15. Cinderella

    Great article and this information gives me the ability to choose the right sunscreen but Unfortunately we are winding up the Sun and I already got a sun burn on my face, what do you recommend I use?

    I have seen you have given a few options can Aveeno help me with the Sun burn I got or do I need to look for another sunscreen specifically for after getting the burn?  Thank you so much very informative.

    • Arta

      Hey there

      When you have got a sunburn, the first thing to do is to relieve it. There are several remedies to do that – I have done it with the sour cream and it does help. Then there are special remedies called sunburn reliefs or you can apply some moisturiser as it also helps your skin.

      But if going again in the sun, a sunscreen should definitely applied and with the high spf – at least 50 and higher.

      Cheers, Arta

  16. Vasilij

    I agree with you that not all sunscreens are the same – you have to choose carefully depenidng on your skin type, sensititivy and time exposed. But overall, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.

    If you are a kind of person, that has to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, you might want to reconsider your lifestyle.

  17. Lisa

    Thank you for all the good information in this post. Picking out sunscreen can be exhausting because of all the brands, SPF numbers, and sizes. I appreciate the assistance of explaining how the face is the most difficult to cover. I learned all about application and reapplication of the sunscreen throughout the day. Keep up the wisdom

    Melissa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  18. Benson

    The feeling of sitting under the sun without being burned is really cool. On so many instances, so many people get to buy some sunscreen that isn’t good enough and end up getting burned by the sun, and worse situations, some do not know the right one to get. My girlfriend needs to see this post because she has suffered from burns so many times from getting the wrong sunscreen. Thanks for this information.

  19. Carol5162

    Thank you for this information on SPF. I have really never understood what the SPF usually means and I have never taken great concentration to know what the numbers mean. Thank you for explaining the numbers. I love sunscreens that have a moisturizer effect to it. Glad that you have listed a few sunscreens that work well with sensitive skin.  I agree that those that are less perfumed usually work well. Thank you for these great suggestions on what to look out for and the recommendations. 

  20. DreaJay

    Year in year out, skin infections are developing and increasing in number particularly skin cancer and this is because of people’s negligence to the fact about nature, and here it concerns the sun. Randomly, people think the sun gives a kind of vitamin when its in a particular degree and it hurts in the other, sunlight causes a lot more than what we know and that I why it’s very important for us to keep our skin safe from these dangers. Thanks for sharing this sun protection article, it’ll be very useful and of help to so many people. I really commend your efforts for putting this together. 

  21. Mugalu Mansoor

    Since I take swimming as an interesting thing  I have enjoyed this topic about sun protection by use of sunscreen products, I did not know that the face is the most important area to protect but by this wonderful information I got to know this. In addition I have also learn the benefits of sunscreen for example it blocks harmful effects of the sun

  22. Anusuya

    This is an informative article detailing various sunscreen with different kinds of skin types. Sunrays and now research also has identified infrared radiation from sun can harm your skin.

    Personally I like natural sun blockers like aloe vera gel, coconut oil and olive oil on my skin before getting out. I have a brown complexation and coconut oil works well with it. I like long and light clothes covering my body. I have a white hat to cover my head. I try to stay inside as much as possible during the hot Indian summer months.

    Regarding chemical used sun blockers, any chemical can penetrate the skin so one has to choose the ingredients carefully. Even the widely used titanium dioxide can cause hives and skin irritation on your skin.

  23. Stephanie

    I’m so glad that you mentioned sunscreens for sensitive skin. I have a skin condition, and even though I can’t really be under the sun, I always try to find a good sunscreen just in case. The ones I’ve found haven’t really been that great, but it’s so comforting to see that there are several products that actually help you manage whatever type of skin you have. The fact that there’s even organic sunscreen, wow! 

  24. SantyG

    I just want to thank you for taking your time to write so educational and helpful article. In my personal case, I bean thinking always about a high SPF, but not the ingredients, how they can be dangerous if you don’t pick the right one. Can you write an article about insect repellent? I will travel soon with my children and would like to know which will be the best one

    • Arta

      Hey there

      I am lad you have found helpful our blog post on picking the best sunscreen. We will investigate insect repellent topic and publish our results.

      Cheers, Arta

  25. Claudio

    Hello,
    You can not miss having a good sunscreen for those people who love sun. 

    In my case I am a fisherman and during the summer I always have my sunscreen that has a high SPF. 

    I really like all the analysis you do taking into account the different skin types. For a baby the characteristics of sunscreen will be different from that of an adult. 

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  26. Brian Perisho - Fireman Marketing

    Wow, let me tell you how important sun protection is.  I’m now 50 yrs old and about a year ago I had my first melanoma on a mole.  It resulted in a biopsy which gave me the diagnosis of melanoma.  And then a return to the dermatologist to get more skin taken from around the site.  

    I never want to have to go through that again.  And I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to experience that…  So, for all who read this.  Wear a hat and use sun protection every day!  It is Important!!

  27. fityourselfbarre

    Sunscreen is so important for our health! I still see so many people on the beach not protecting them with sunscreen, instead they use tanning oils to tan faster?! There is still so much ignorance about skin cancer. I have been using sunscreen since I am a 12 years old. I don’t know if my parents protected me as a child. Thank you for this list of sunscreens and the difference between them. This is great helpful info! My daughter has acne so I will recommend the “acne -prone skin” ones to her. 

  28. Feji ben

    Hello there thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.wow this is great as the summer season is drawing close we have to get the sunscreen ready,not just getting the sunscreen but getting the best of them and this article has all tip to get one

  29. Benny

    this article speaks to me directly i spend more time on the beach during summer and i have gotten varieties of sunscreen with bad effects on my skin. i think its because i never knew how to select them. i am glad i came across this post and i know it will be f much help to me as well as others who read it

  30. Jon

    I thought that higher would be better but apparently you have woken me up to the reality that 30-50 is good because it won’t overprotect you and is perfectly capable of providing enough protection. I think that companies would benefit if they made more sunscreens that were specifically for different parts of the body.

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