Summer has come to us, which means it's time to take care of your skin. To protect your skin, you must use sunscreen. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, such as UVA and UVB harm the skin, accelerate its aging and increase the risk of cancer. Sunscreens include ingredients that help prevent the effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin.
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People who use sunscreen daily with SPF 15 and higher than 24% reduce the aging process of skin than those who do not use it. However, with SPF, not everything is good. First, no sunscreen, despite its strength, will not protect the skin from all radiation, and secondly, after two hours after application it begins to lose its effectiveness. Thirdly, the “redness” of the skin is due to UVB rays, but it does not say anything about how UVA affects it.
In our article, you will find a list of 12 sunscreen that won’t protect from sunburn or sun damage. So, guys, scroll down and learn how to spot the sunscreens you should just leave on the store shelf!
#1. The SPF is lower than 30
In fact, when choosing a sunscreen, you should pay attention to its number, as it plays a big role. SPF below 30 does not give you the level of sun protection that you need. Using a higher SPF than 25 is important because you’re likely to apply the sunscreen well enough to reach full protection.
#2. Combination Product
Most people like to save their time by applying a combination product together with sunscreen and bug repellent, or sunscreen and moisturizing lotion. You should know that by doing this, you can do more harm than good. Use separate products for each.
#3. It may contain bad ingredients
When choosing a sunscreen, you should read labels carefully. Many sunscreens contain a chemical ingredient, such as avobenzone that is photounstable and becomes less effective upon sun exposure. In this case, we recommend you skip chemical sunscreens and pay attention to a physical sunblock with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It has effective ingredients that will protect you from harmful rays. Do not forget about regular applying!
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#4. Sunscreen with “waterproof” coverage
You do not have to be fooled by marketing. In fact, sunscreen can not be super water resistant and only applied once. Match your sunscreen with the level of activity and special needs in terms of water resistance. Just remember that even water-resistant sunscreens have to be reapplied every one to two hours.
#5. It doesn't offer “broad spectrum” coverage
Sunscreen has the ability to block sunburn, but if the label on your product does not say broad spectrum, it will not block ultraviolet-A (UVA) rays. Therefore, in order not to harm your health, you should choose only “broad-spectrum coverage” sunscreens.
#6. Sunscreen in a spray bottle
The fact is, sunscreen will give you all the benefits when applied correctly. Unfortunately, sprays do not fully cope with their work. However, if you choose a spray, try to hold the bottle two to three inches from your body and spray a stream onto the skin. Rub it into your skin, then apply a second layer to make sure you did not miss any spots.
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#7. It's stored in the sun or in the heat
In fact, when stored at high temperatures, sunscreen can break down and become less effective. So do not buy a sunscreen that is in the store under the sun's rays. Also, do not use last year's bottle.
#8. It looks or smells weird
When choosing a sunscreen, trust your instinct – old product will look and smell unusual.
#9. Your skin begins to burn
You can experience a skin burn, because of applying a sunscreen. In this case, you should get out of the sun very fast. Some sunscreens contain medication ingredients that can make skin more photosensitive.
#10. It contains chemicals that may cause cancer
In some studies, it was found that certain sunscreen ingredients may actually speed up the development of skin cancer tumors. In this case, do not buy sunscreens with oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, or PABA!
#11. The tanning oils
Many women want to have a beautiful tan, and so they resort to cosmetic product such as tanning oils, because they promote faster tanning. However, you should know that tanning oils will only attract sun and increase the potential for sun tans, sunburns, and skin damage, even if they claim to contain some degree of sunscreen.
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#12. Do not waste your money
In fact, the price of sunscreen rarely tells you how good it is. For example, some inexpensive brands, like Blue Lizard and Coppertone, are highly recommended by dermatologists, because they do wonders. However, do not spare money for your face. When you use a more comfortable product on the face that feels good going on and absorbs quickly, it will increase your likelihood of using it more frequently. Pay attention to Skinceuticals Physical Fusion Defense SPF 50, it absorbs quickly and does double-duty as a primer for your makeup.
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