In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big on balancing sunlight and sun exposure in a smart way. With so many different types of sunscreen, the struggle is real when it comes to finding the right product for your skin.
We put together our top 5 tips on choosing the right sunscreen; because not all SPFs are created equal.
1. Look for SPF 15 or higher
The SPF number is the level of protection a sunscreen provides against UVB rays. It’s recommended to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15, which is why we love the Australian Gold SPF 15 Lotion with Bronzers! It features Kona coffee extracts and natural caramel to provide you with a rich, golden glow while protecting the skin. It also has native kakadu plum fruit and exotic oils that are packed with vitamin C to help soften and moisturize the skin.
For even more protection, go with the Australian Gold SPF 30 Clear Spray Gel. It protects your skin while natural sunflower, tea tree and olive fruit oils provide supreme hydration that enhances your skin’s ability to achieve a gorgeous, dark color. Plus it’s formulated to be paraben free, BPA free, dye free, alcohol and gluten free.
Both are available at iTAN for only $10.99!
2. Spray vs cream vs gel
Whether you choose a sunscreen that’s cream, spray or gel, selecting the right is personal preference. Sprays and gels may be easier to apply to areas covered in hair, like a man’s chest or legs. Cream may be easier to apply for those with dry skin around their neck and face.
We recommend an SPF with a spray application for those using a tanning location in conjunction with their SPF. This will avoid layering too much product on the skin.
3. Water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof
If you plan to spend your summer days at the beach or pool, it’s worth choosing a sunscreen resistant to water and sweat. However, since water-resistant sunscreens are not waterproof (yes, there’s a difference), make sure to reapply at least every two hours and even more often if you’re taking a dip.
4. Evaluate your skin type
Consider yourself lucky if you can get away with using the same sunscreen for your body on your face. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you might want to look at other options. In this case, choose an oil-free formula for the face and look for non-comedogenic labels, which means it consists of ingredients that won’t clog your pores.
5. Don’t judge a sunscreen by its price
When shopping for sunscreen, don’t assume the most expensive product is the most effective. Take the time to read the label on the back and make sure it consists of ingredients that are best suited for your skin.