As you have read in my previous post, we have just arrived from a trip to the beach. I have always known that sunscreen is an important item that I should always have when I go to the beach. But with all the products in the market today, how do you choose which one to use? Questions such as “Can the children use the same sunscreen lotion as the ones that we adults use?” should have a clear answer in order to ensure a hassle free vacation. (A severely sunburned child – or parent for that matter – can put an end to your vacation, as you may very well know.)
So how do you pick your sunscreen lotion? One of the main considerations would be the SPF or sun protection factor. This is measured with numbers, indicating how much longer a person can stay under the sun without burning. For example, an SPF of 15 would mean that the person using the sunscreen lotion can stay 15 times longer under the sun without burning. Obviously, the higher the SPF rating, the better the sunscreen lotion.
Another thing you should consider is the type of protection the sunscreen lotion offers – either UVA or UVB. If I were you, I’d choose a brand that has both labels in it. This simply means that you are protected against both sunburn and skin cancer.
Last, check if the sunscreen lotion is waterproof or water resistant. Basically, they both stay on even when you are in the water. The difference is that the former will stay on for much longer than the latter.