06 August 2008

1. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

2. Waterproof sunscreen is the better option because it protects you while in the water (swimming), after getting out or if you sweating.

3. Use a water-based sunscreen if you have oily skin or are prone to acne.

4. Sunscreens offer different SPF protection. A SPF of 15 provides around 94 percent coverage from UV rays. For around 96 percent coverage, try SPF 28.

5. Sunblock has has SPF of 30 or more and sunscreen has a SPF of 15 or less.

6. Be aware that more expensive does not mean better. Although a costly brand might feel or smell better, it is not necessarily more effective than a cheaper product.

7. Fair-skinned people burn more easily and should wear higher SPF sunblocks. Darker-skinned people who do not burn easily should still take preventative measures and use at least 15 SPF sunscreen.

8. Buy a brand that does not contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) if you are sensitive to that ingredient.

9. Be aware of the expiration date because some sunscreen ingredients might degrade over time.

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