How Do I Know What SPF I Need?
You need to consider a number of factors:
How long will I be out in the sun?
What is the UV index for the day?
What time of the day will I be out in the sun and what activity will I be doing?
What is my skin type?
Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses
Reapply sunscreen often:
- after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating
- immediately after towel-drying
- at least every two hours
- Lips need protection too – use an SPF 15 or higher lip balm.
Why should I use a moisturizer with SPF protection every day?
Sunscreen helps prevent damage caused by UV-light exposure, something you're exposed to 24/7, 365 days a year. Additionally, the use of brightening products without sunscreen protection can reverse brightening effects.
What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Use this number to determine how long you can remain in the sun without burning when wearing a sunscreen. For instance, if you can usually tolerate the sun for 10 minutes without a burn, an SPF 15 will provide you with 15 times that, or 150 minutes of protection without burning.
How Do I Determine My Skin Type?
Do you burn often? If so, you need a product that offers strong protection from the sun, even when you're not bathing in it. Try NO-AD SPF 50 Sport Lotion or SPF 45 Lotion.
Do you burn moderately and tan gradually? Just because you eventually tan, it doesn't mean you don't need protection. Try using NO-AD SPF 15 or SPF 30 Lotions.
Do you rarely or just slightly burn? If so, try using NO-AD SPF 8 or 15 Lotion for extended time in the sun.
Do I Need To Take Extra Precautions In The Sun If I'm Taking Medication?
Photosensitization, an increased sensitivity to sun exposure, is a possible side effect of certain medications. This includes certain kinds of antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants. Consult your physician or pharmacist regarding photosensitization related to any prescription medicines.
At What Age Should My Baby Begin Wearing An SPF Product?
Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin is thinner and incapable of producing enough melanin to adequately protect itself. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, for babies older than 6 months and continuing throughout adolescence, the chances of sun damage or developing skin cancer are greatly reduced when using a proper level of broad spectrum UV protection.