The sun’s rays are not the only things you want to avoid.
You may be tempted to spray tan your skin in the name of beauty, but they’re just not the best choice.
You’ll look like an ugly sunbather and it’s not worth the risk, says Dr. James D. Foltz, an endocrinologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
So it’s time to start looking for the best tanning solutions, says Foltzy, a professor of dermatology and dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Here are some tips on how to avoid the sun’s worst stains.
Avoid sunscreen that contains a chemical that can cause skin cancer, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
These can be absorbed through the skin, but not enough to cause skin cancers.
Avoid using a lotion that contains chemical ingredients that can irritate your skin, such a parabens and mineral oil.
Never use an over-the-counter sunscreen that isn’t from a brand you trust.
“There are a lot of products that contain chemicals that are potentially toxic,” says Feltz.
And don’t try to use any sunscreen on your face if you haven’t taken your skin care routine seriously.
“It’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting enough sun exposure to be protected from UVB rays,” says Dr, Jennifer Reeder, an assistant professor of cosmetic dermatology in the Department of Dermatology at Emory University.
Make sure you avoid using any sunscreen that can be used as a base or a top coat, says Reeder.
If you’re not sure about the ingredients, it’s best to test them out yourself and then use the sunscreen you choose, says Felder.
If the product contains chemicals that you can’t remove, don’t apply it to your skin.
It could cause irritation and even damage the skin.
If your skin is sensitive to the sun, you can try using a sunscreen that has a lower SPF value.
SPF stands for sun protection factor.
It’s a number that indicates how much sunscreen you can apply to your face, neck, arms, and hands.
Feltzy says the SPF 50+ rating is ideal for skin conditions like acne and eczema, which can cause redness and itching.
It doesn’t protect against UVB, but it does reduce the risk of sunburns and other sunburn-related skin problems.
Use a sunscreen with a good fragrance that won’t irritate sensitive skin.
“That can make a difference,” says Felderman.
It might sound like a no-brainer, but there are a few things to consider before you apply your sunscreen.
Your skin should feel like it has a natural protective layer.
This can be an oil or cream sunscreen.
“You want it to feel like you’ve put on some moisturizing,” says Dalles.
A sunscreen that doesn’t cause irritation is a better choice.
It won’t protect your skin from the sun or give you an unnatural tan, says Deger.
A good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is a good choice.
SPFs are used to determine the safety of a sunscreen, so a sunscreen like this won’t cause allergic reactions.
“If you apply sunscreen that’s SPF 30, you should get a very good sunburn protection,” says Defer.
If that’s not the case, look for a sunscreen rating between 15 and 25.
If it’s too high, it could cause damage to your sensitive skin, says Dillers.
A lotion with a lower amount of SPF will help protect your sensitive, acne-prone skin.
But if you don’t have a sensitive skin type, a low- SPF sunscreen like these won’t be effective.
“A lotion like this, the sunscreen will penetrate deeper into your skin,” says Meghan Goss, a dermatologist in the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital Department of Cosmetic Dermatologists.
If SPF is too low, this could also make it harder to remove the sunscreen.
Choose a sunscreen you like that doesn