Choosing a sunscreen can be tricky, especially considering the vast number of products available to us! Luckily I’ve put together a step-by-step process you can use to help you choose a product that fits your needs.
However, if you don’t wish to learn about how to choose the best sunscreen for you or the science behind sunscreens then click here to be taken directly to The Best Sunscreens as chosen by me.
Simple steps to help you learn how choose a sunscreen:
WHO is wearing the sunscreen?
Is the sunscreen you are purchasing for an adult, a child, an infant? Is it for a male or female? A male may not be as pleased with a hint of shimmer or colour as a female would (each to their own of course!). Children and in particular infants and toddlers tend to have more sensitive skin than adults so a sunscreen fitting this need should be chosen.
Does the person have any particular skin needs? For example some formulas will suit a dry skin or an acne prone skin more than others.
WHAT is the purpose of the sunscreen?
When choosing a sunscreen you’ll need to consider its purpose. For example, if you are planning on wearing it whilst swimming you should choose a water resistant sunscreen or if you are planning on hiking a mountain in hot weather a sweat resistant sunscreen would likely be your best choice.
WHERE is the sunscreen being applied?
Some sunscreens are designed for use on the face and body, whereas others are intended for use on the face only. This will also dictate what size packaging you are after. For example, if you are purchasing a daily face sunscreen you’ll probably want something a little lighter and for females maybe a little bit of a tint.
SPF isn’t the only factor!
Given the SPF rating on the packaging is only relative to the product’s protection from UVB rays (and not UVA rays which are also damaging to the skin) we can’t rely on this value alone when choosing which is the best sunscreen.
Learn more about What Does SPF Mean?
Be sure to choose a BROAD SPECTRUM product
It is widely agreed that you should choose a Broad Spectrum sunscreen when making your choice as this will help to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Learn more about UVA & UVB Rays and What Does Broad Spectrum Mean?
Now don’t worry if you’re still not sure because I’ve done all the hard work in reviewing products and have chosen the best sunscreens for you. I have broken it down into categories to make it even simpler, so click away to find out which should be your go-to product.