A recent study found that some chemicals in sunscreen can be found in your blood after just a day of applying them liberally, but don’t freak out just yet — sunscreen is still considered safe to use, and you don’t even necessarily need to switch brands.
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Sunscreen is a wonder of technology. It’s the closest thing we have to an anti-ageing miracle, and it makes the outdoors safe for pale folks like me who would otherwise fry to a bright pink crisp. But we know you have questions about how to use it, and even whether you really need to use it. Here’s our primer on all your sunscreen basics.
There are downsides to sunscreen: it can be greasy, it's annoying to have to reapply, and from time to time people will try to scare you into thinking it's dangerous. (It's not.) But you know what the upside is? It's actually sunscreen. Pills and DIY coconut oil recipes are not.
The sun's ultraviolet radiation is dangerous to our skin cells because it damages our DNA. That's why sun exposure can cause cancer, and why sunscreen is so important (even apart from its power to prevent sunburns). There are sunscreens that claim they can help your skin repair that damage — and, it turns out, they actually might (might!) work.
Android/iOS: Sunscreen isn’t just for preventing sunburns. The sun’s rays are responsible for much of the wrinkling, thickening and brownish spots that show up over time, especially on light skin. Fortunately, a good broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you, and this app simulates exactly how much.
In theory, SPF 50 and SPF 100 are very similar sunscreens: one blocks 98 per cent of UVB rays, and the other blocks 99 per cent. The problem is, nobody applies the amount of sunscreen that will get you the SPF listed on the bottle. So in reality you're getting very different protection out of those two bottles.
We recently wrote about why skincare is important, and what you need in a basic routine. Our sources stressed that everyone, even men, should use sunscreen daily, and usually moisturizer, too. But one commenter piped up to ask: uh, what if I have a beard?
There's nothing like hitting the beach or the pool on a hot day and soaking in some rays -- that is until you get home and realise what you've soaked in is an epic sunburn. Sunburns
suck, take way too long to get rid of and can make you the joke of the office come Monday when you show up looking like a lobster.
Sunscreen is sunscreen, so you'd think the way you apply it doesn't really matter. However, choosing between cream or lotion and a spray-on sunscreen can impact the likelihood you'll use it, the amount of coverage on your skin, and even the actual protection you get. Let's find out which might be better for you in this sunscreen showdown.
We should all be using sunscreen, but when it comes down to picking one, there's no key to the language on the bottle, and SPF isn't the only thing to look for. Here's a guide to the other biggies: UVA, UVB, and "broad spectrum."
Mosquitoes and other biting bugs are such pests (at least for some of us more than others), and a good bug repellent can be a strong line of defence against these critters, but it's important to make sure you're applying it correctly when using it with other skin products, like sunscreen.