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How to choose a sunscreen?

  • Determine your skin
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    Determine your skin's colour and its ability to tan. Even if you have very dark skin, you still need sunscreen to shield it from sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

  • Select a sunscreen that moisturises to avoid dryness. Those who have oily skin texture, should go for a oil-free sun screen lotion.
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    Select a sunscreen that moisturises to avoid dryness. Those who have oily skin texture, should go for a oil-free sun screen lotion.

  • Look for a sunscreen with the highest sun protection factor (SPF). A higher SPF factor does not ensure that you can stay out in the sun for prolonged hours, it means that you have a little more protection if you have not applied an adequate amount.
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    Look for a sunscreen with the highest sun protection factor (SPF). A higher SPF factor does not ensure that you can stay out in the sun for prolonged hours, it means that you have a little more protection if you have not applied an adequate amount.

  • Read the label of your sun screen carefully. It should clearly state that the formulation offers protection against the burning (UVB) rays and the aging (UVA) rays.
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    Read the label of your sun screen carefully. It should clearly state that the formulation offers protection against the burning (UVB) rays and the aging (UVA) rays.

  • Always look at the expiration date and try using it up within the year.
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    Always look at the expiration date and try using it up within the year.

  • Use a waterproof sunscreen as it is difficult to re-apply it every time you wash your face.
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    Use a waterproof sunscreen as it is difficult to re-apply it every time you wash your face.

  • Apply sunscreen to dry skin 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure begins to allow the skin to absorb it all.
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    Apply sunscreen to dry skin 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure begins to allow the skin to absorb it all.

  • Know the difference between waterproof and water resistant sunscreen. A waterproof sunscreen provides protection in the water for approximately 80 minutes, while water resistant sunscreen provides only 40 minutes of protection.
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    Know the difference between waterproof and water resistant sunscreen. A waterproof sunscreen provides protection in the water for approximately 80 minutes, while water resistant sunscreen provides only 40 minutes of protection.

  • For prolonged outdoor activity (4+ hours of sun exposure), choose a sunscreen that offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
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    For prolonged outdoor activity (4+ hours of sun exposure), choose a sunscreen that offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

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