Which sunscreen is the right one?

Monday, June 21, 2021
Which sunscreen is the right one?

The hot summer months are now upon us, and we are all eager to get outside to enjoy the sunshine.  But along with the warm weather comes exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, which can increase your risk for sunburn, early signs of skin aging, and most dangerous of all, increase your risk for skin cancer.

Sunscreen is a simple and easy way to protect you and your family from these risks, all while enjoying those fun summer activities. Watch the video or read more below for recommendations from Prairie Lakes Dermatology's Abby Gietzen.

There are two categories of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, these are a great if you have sensitive skin or have young children. Chemical sunscreens contain a variety of chemicals that help change the sun’s harmful rays into something a little bit safer. 

Whichever option you choose, make sure to read the label. Sunscreen labels may seem confusing at first, but there are a few key things to look for when searching for the right sunscreen.  To simplify things, choose a sunscreen that has the following details found on the label:

  • Broad spectrum (UVA/UVB)
  • SPF of 30 or above
  • Water resistant

Make sure to apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, and reapply every two hours, no matter what SPF you use.  And don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your scalp, ears, or lips, which are areas that are commonly forgotten.  As with any skin care product, each sunscreen product varies, so make sure to look at your sunscreen label for any specific instructions.

Get outside, enjoy the sun, but make sure you are protecting yourself and your family by wearing sunscreen. And as always, know that we here at Prairie Lakes Dermatology are available for your skin concerns. 

Prairie Lakes Dermatology

Written by Abby Gietzen, Dermatology Physician Assistant
Last modified on Wednesday, July 20, 2022