The Truth About Sunscreens and the Best Brands to Buy

Finding the best sunscreens is more complicated than ever before—last year the FDA released sunscreen labeling rules that have forever changed the game. The words “sun block,” “waterproof,” and “sweat-proof” have been removed from packaging, and it’s mandatory that products contain UVA and UVB protection.

To help us riffle through the chaos, The Women’s Dermatologic Society released sun safety tips to help us stay safe at the beach or when we’re just heading to the office. Take a look.

  1. Apply a UVA and UVB sunscreen (broad-spectrum) with an SPF of 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outdoors
  2. Use a golf-ball sized amount of sunscreen (one ounce) to cover your entire body.
  3. Re-apply every two hours – even on a cloudy or cool day.
  4. Completely coat all exposed areas of your face, head and body, ears, neck, nose, shoulders, back of the hands and front/back of your arms and legs.
  5. Cover your lips with sun protective lip balm or sunscreen.
  6. Check expiration dates on your sunscreen to ensure effectiveness.
  7. Seek shade whenever possible, and cover yourself with a golf umbrella between holes.
  8. Wear a broad-brimmed hat (preferably with a back flap) instead of baseball caps to help protect your face, ears and neck.
  9. Protect your eyes with UV-protective sunglasses.
  10. Wear sun protective clothing (tightly woven) including long pants and long-sleeved shirts as often as possible.

Click the page to take a peek at our favorite sun protections for the season.

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect SPF40, $7.99.

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