When it comes to the world of sunscreens, less is definitely not more. Apparently, most of us are applying only 25 percent the amount of sun protection we should be. Amanda Baldwin, President of Supergoop! advises, “Just when you think you’ve put on enough, put on some more.”
Of course, navigating the sunscreen product spectrum can be more than just a little overwhelming. Between jargons and SPF numbers, what exactly should one look out for?
Look for broad spectrum sun protection that gives you protection against UVB to avoid burning, and UVA, which is one of the greatest factors in premature aging of skin and it plays a role in skin cancer. Next, find one that does not have an ingredient called oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor that is also harmful to coral reefs. When it comes to SPF numbers, many dermatologists don’t necessarily think that the higher is better. The standard recommendation is 30 for everyday and 50 for those spending extended periods of time outdoors — but, it is important to reapply every two hours.
Some of our favourite sunscreens above.