Choosing the best SPF protection

June 10, 2011 11:02:38 AM PDT
The summer tanning season is upon us, and we all know about the warnings to always wear sunscreen.

But with so many on the market offering different levels of SPF protection how do you know which is best for your skin type?

Marcus Geeter, Celebrity Makeup Artist answers some commonly asked questions, such as: What is SPF? What products are best for different types of skin? What does the number mean behind SPF?

    Useful tips to remember about SPF (Sun Protection Factor):
  • SPF only refers to UVB (Ultra Violet B) protection.
  • SPF numbers refer to how many time longer you can be exposed to the sun without burning.
  • UVB radiation causes sunburn.
  • UVA radiation causes premature aging of the skin.
  • Use a "Broad Spectrum" sunscreen to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB or make sure both are listed on the product package.
  • Use lip balms with sunscreen.
  • Adults should use a SPF of at least 30.
  • Children should use a SPF of at least 45 to 60.
  • Older Adults should use a SPF of at least 45 to 60.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours.
  • If you use certain oral or topical medications for acne, you may want to avoid sun exposure. Speak to your doctor.

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