Choosing the best sunscreen for summer
Temperatures are rising, and bikinis are returning from the back of the closet. Yes, the season of sun worshiping has arrived, and it’s a wonderful time to show off your flawless skin. Just don’t forget to protect that skin, or else summer can become a season of rapid aging and high cancer risk. That means applying sunscreen before you step outside – and not just any sunscreen. Consumer reports recently tested 73 popular products and found that 32.8%i delivered less than half the SPF protection promised on the labels.
How can you avoid getting burned by bad sunscreen?
- Choose a proven winner: La Roche-Posay was the top performer in Consumer Reports testing, and it also happens to be one of Dr. Lloyd’s favorites!
- Ask for advice: Talk to Dr. Lloyd for recommendations based on your preferences, lifestyle, and skin type.
- Don’t skimp on strength: Whatever product you choose, make sure if offers a minimum of SPF 30 protection for daily use and SPF 50 if you are going to be in the sun all day, and don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours. Additionally, it must be labeled “broad spectrum” to ensure that you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Never use an expired product: Sunscreen typically has a shelf life of three years, including the time spent in warehouses or on store shelves. If your bottle is approaching three years old, or if you don’t remember when it was purchased, replace it.
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