Don’t be fooled by these 5 marketing ploys.
Sometimes simpler is better. So when you’re shopping for the best sunscreen to stick in your beach bag, ignore these fancy buzzwords, gadgets, and convenient combinations:
The SPF is higher than 50. The higher a sunscreen’s SPF number is, the more protection it gives you—right? Right—but only up to a point. Sunscreens with SPFs over 50 might mislead you into thinking your protection is working because you’re not burning. But they don’t add any extra protection against harmful UVA rays. Stick to an SPF that’s between 30 and 50.
One of the ingredients is retinol. Retinol (vitamin A) is a key ingredient in many anti-aging creams. But these creams come with a warning: Avoid the sun! Vitamin A increases skin’s sensitivity, making it easier to get burned. Using sunscreen with retinol is counterintuitive. Find another cream.
It comes in a spray can. When you rub cream into your skin, you can see it and feel it—and know that you’ve done your best to protect your skin. But using a sprayer to apply sunscreen makes it difficult to determine how well you’ve applied the stuff.
It’s combined with bug repellent. Sounds like a great idea—you’ll be protected from the sun and any pesky biting pests while you enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s why it isn’t: Sunscreen needs to be applied every few hours in order to be effective. But the chemicals in bug repellent are a potential irritant and should only be applied once a day.
Makeup has built-in sun protection. This isn’t a bad idea if you’re not spending much time outside. But you only apply makeup in the morning, and the SPF is going to lose its effect after a couple of hours.
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