For many sunscreen is the worst part of going to the beach, or any summertime activity. Many skimp out of sunscreen, which can lead to deadly skin diseases like melanoma. Even among those who wear sunscreen, many forget to wear sunscreen on their face, which can lead to burns quickly. It’s important to remember to wear sunscreen on any exposed skin, especially the face. In this guide we’ll go over a few aspects of face sunscreens, to help you find the best sunscreen for face sunburn prevention.
As opposed to standard sunscreens for your body, it’s always a good idea to look for a gentler option when looking for a face sunscreen. The skin around your face tends to be more sensitive than the rest of your body, so treating it with care will always enable you to get the most out of your sunny day. Therefore, there are a few different features to look for when selecting a face sunscreen. Look for products that are oil free, or water based. Oils clog the pores on your face, which can lead to nasty acne breakouts, which are never fun or attractive. When looking for a sunscreen that won’t cause a breakout, look for labels like “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. These products will be specially formulated to not cause acne.
Beyond acne, it’s better to select a sunscreen that will be easy on your skin and not cause rashes. Many sunscreens contain dyes and scents, which can cause allergic reactions with some people. Look for a sunscreen with as few ingredients as possible, which will be less likely to cause a reaction. Organic or natural sunscreens will often contain fewer chemicals, which can cause nasty rashes or reactions with some people. Products of this nature will have the labels on the bottle, so they’re easy to find.
Keep in mind however, that it’s important not to skimp on the protection when buying a face sunscreen. Just because it’s going on your face doesn’t mean it should be any less protecting than a body sunscreen. Make sure the spf is higher, preferably at least 30 spf. Also, look for a product that is “broad-spectrum” or “full-spectrum”. These products protect from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, giving you comprehensive coverage from the elements.
Also remember that the only line of defense between you and the sun is the sunscreen on your face. Waterproof sunscreens are preferred for this reason. Even if you are not swimming, breaking a sweat while wearing sunscreen can wear the sunscreen off quickly. A waterproof sunscreen will rectify this problem, but only temporarily. Even the most hardy sunscreen needs to be reapplied often, or else you’ll be exposed. And remember, at the end of the day exposing as little of yourself to the sun as possible is the safest route. Wear a wide brimmed hat when outside, to protect your face and neck from the elements. Wear glasses to protect both your eyes and the skin around them. And finally, stay in the shade whenever possible!