Protecting your Skin – Choosing the Right SPF for Your Skin

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Deeply tanned skin has been in vogue since the days of Coco Chanel. It represents health and fitness. However, a tan is actually the result of the skin trying to protect itself from the harmful rays of the sun. Over time, consistent exposure to these rays can cause premature wrinkles and skin cancer. As your face is exposed to the sun throughout the year, use of sunscreen should not be relegated to just the summer months. Providing protection from UV rays will help skin stay youthful longer, with a smooth, bright appearance. Just as there are different skin types, there are also different sunscreen products.

Protecting your Skin

It is important to read the labels for ingredients as well as in choosing products that have been developed specifically to work with your skin tone. Although higher SPF ratings are better than low ratings, it is important to consider the relationship between what your skin needs and the type of sunscreen used. Those with dark or olive skin will not burn as easily as people with lighter complexions. This does not mean that the use of sunscreen should be ignored, but it does mean that a lower SPF product can be used for adequate protection.

Choose a lotion-based product with an SPF of at least 4 for every day use. If you are sunbathing, use a minimum of SPF 8 with a moisturizer. This will help keep your skin soft as well as protected. Those with a medium skin tone, will have less sensitivity than those that are fair, but more than those with darker skin. The minimum rating used should be SPF 8. This will provide protection from the sun and help prevent premature aging of the skin, which presents itself in the form of wrinkles and age spots. If your complexion has warm, rosy tones, you have a light complexion.

You are more sensitive to the sun than any but the most fair of skin tones. Use an SPF 8 for every day, but increase it to 12 or 15 if you will be sunbathing. Whichever brand you use, it should be a moisturizing formula. Pay particular attention the more sensitive areas, such as the knees, elbows and face. Most fair complexions do not tan very well, but burn easily. A minimum SPF rating of 12 should be used throughout the year, with 20 or higher being used during the summer. A moisturizing formula will help prevent drying and keep the skin smooth and healthy looking.

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