by Madison Ruggieri on July 2, 2011.
Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. If the tube only mentions one type of ray, you’re not getting full sun protection.
Ingredients like Zinc Oxide, Avobenzone, and Ecamsule provide the best UVA protection, while Titanium Dioxide protects against UVB rays.
Avoid Oxybenzone – It is the most common active ingredient in sunscreen and it is associated with allergic reactions and potential hormone disruption. Look for an oxybenzone free sunscreen. They’re rarer, but they are out there.
The “SPF” of the sunscreen actually only means very little. A good SPF30 sunscreen can work much better than a cheap SPF50. It’s partially a way of making it seem more effective, when in fact, quality ingredients have a better chance of blocking unwanted rays.
Invest in a non-greasy, transparent sunscreen because if you like the product, you will be more inclined to actually use it. Make sure you coat your entire body, and remember to reapply, reapply, reapply especially after swimming or sweating.