We all know we need to use sunscreen to block out the sun’s harmful rays and protect our skin from premature aging. Yet, with so many sunscreen options available, it’s hard to figure out which to select. Below we decipher what you need to know to make an informed decision when protecting your skin.
If you’re going to be outside for more than 20 minutes, then you need to apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.
SPF means Sun Protection Factor and refers to the products ability to block out the suns harmful rays. There are lots of different SPF’s out there. At jlounge, we recommend wearing at least SPF 30. All sunscreens need to be reapplied after two hours and gel sunscreens tend to sweat off easily and need to be reapplied more frequently.
Choose a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen that protects against UVB (ultraviolet B) and UVA (ultraviolet A) radiation. It’s important you look for the UVA symbol on the package since UVA rays penetrate deeper in the skin and cause premature aging.
If you are enjoying the outdoors and plan on a sweat, then buy a sunscreen that is waterproof or water-resistant. The FDA considers a product water-resistant if it maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure. If a product is waterproof, it maintains its SPF level after 80 minutes of water exposure. To ensure you are protected, waterproof is better than water-resistant!
Since we live in Colorado, be aware that ultraviolet radiation increases 4% for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude. Therefore, even if it is cloudy, wear sunscreen!