Summer is a few weeks away which means more time in the sun. With more time in the sun, it is important to take care of your skin now and for the long run. Wearing sunscreen can prevent damage to the skin and protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When spending more time in the sun, people may be looking for the best type of sunscreen to use in order to reduce the risk of sun overexposure. The first step is to make sure the sunscreen used is mineral versus chemical. Mineral sunscreen provides a barrier to protect your skin from the sun. A chemical sunscreen will absorb the ingredients into the skin and the UV rays break down and release into the body.
A reminder when using sunscreen according to Lauren Ploch, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, states that if a sunscreen has expired, it is less effective. Even if the sunscreen is a year old, it is only valid “if the product is stored in a cool, dry place.” Ploch recommends an SPF of 30 or higher. But for a water-resistant option, Henry W. Lim, M.D., immediate past president of American Academy of Dermatology, says to use sunscreen with a SPF of 50 or higher. Important ingredients to look for in a sunscreen include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide - the majority of the time, mineral sunscreens include these in their mixture.
Freshman psychology major Venus Latifian thinks “it is good to wear sunscreen as it prevents skin diseases - skin cancer, sunburn, and wrinkles.”
Similarly, Aadam Rahman, a freshman civil engineering major, says it is “very important in the long run to use sunscreen.”
There are so many sunscreens sold in the stores, it is hard to find which one to use. Dermatologists have compiled a list of sunscreens which will best be protective against the UV rays.