The sun is coming out, and it's only a matter of time before we're all complaining about how hot it is and be suffering through our first sun-burn of the season. It's always such a surprise! After 9 months of grey clouds - how can two hours under blue sky cause our skin to burn? Well... we want you to be ready this year and so we've gathered up some great tips on selecting a proper sun screens.
But first of all - what is a Sunburn?
A Sunburn is a form of radiation burn that results from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation - most commonly from the big yellow ball in the sky. It's your body's immune response to this burn that we see on bodies all summer long. A bad burn can not just cause blisters and reddening of the skin, but can leave you tired, dizzy and with an increased sensitivity to normal heat. It's basically your body's way of saying ENOUGH ALREADY!
Is there really a difference in Sun Screen Brands? Yes, there is!
Here are some quick tips:
- Use Highly Rated Brands
Last year we read an article we still can't get over. Of the top Sunscreens reviewed by Consumer Reports, was Disney's "Frozen"sunscreen. It scored of 98 out of 100..... AND only costs about $6 for an 8 oz bottle compared to the top-rated La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60, which costs $36 for a 5-ounce bottle.
You read more about the list here:
- Choose a Sunscreen that is Right for Your Skin Type
But another important thing to consider when selecting a sun screen is your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to select products without a lot of oils, perfumes or other irritants.
"I recommend products based more on skin type than age," says Dr. Margaret E. Parsons, a dermatologist based in Sacramento, California. "Many of the products marketed to the 'kid' section are sensitive-skin friendly. I care less about the age labeling than what is in the product, or not in the product — such as fragrances. I often tell patients to look for things labeled for sensitive skin or check the products marketed to the baby/kid age, since many of those are for sensitive skin." <read more>
What is sunscreen anyway?
If you are nerdy like us, you might be wondering just what the heck sunscreen is - and how it works.
AND...you know that nerds like us also adore Australian accents - - - so we found this awesome video online to explain it: