Sunlight on your skin is wonderful! But if you have too much sun and use too little sunscreen, you risk getting sunburn and even skin cancer. So protect yourself from the sun! What are the best sunscreens?
Going out into the sun not only gives us a nice feeling, but also boosts your body and mind. The sun makes you happy and has benefits. You feel more relaxed thanks to UV radiation, you get more vitamin D (important for strong bones and healthy teeth) and you are less hungry. Fifteen minutes to half an hour a day is enough. So we need sunlight! But it also has disadvantages and can damage your skin. As soon as the sun shines, you want to use sunscreen!
What sun factor should you use?
What is best for you depends on your skin. Of course, fair skin needs more protection from the sun than dark skin. Each skin type can protect itself against the sun for a certain amount of time. You’ve got skin types that burn after five minutes while others can safely lie in the sun for half an hour without any protection.
To find out which skin type you have and what sun factor suits you best, look at how quickly your skin tans. Are you not getting tanned at all? Then the highest protection factor of SPF 50 (SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor) is best for your skin. The number 50 means that if you normally burn after 10 minutes, you will apply it again after 50 x 10 minutes. This highly depends on how powerful the sun is! And the lighter your skin color and the more difficult you tan, the higher the protection factor you need. For most of us, SPF 30 is sufficient. A daily facial cream oftens contains sun factor 15. You can use it on cloudy days. With more sun exposure, you need at least sun factor 30.
Spray or cream?
There are many different types of sunscreen. It is available as a cream and as a spray with a pump dispenser. What are the pros and cons? With a spray you have the risk to only use a little bit as it smoothes out less accurately and only half of the spray ends up on your skin. But sprays are easier to use on parts that are difficult to reach, such as your back. And if you are lying on the beach, a spray is more convenient. But it does often contain alcohol (some alcohols can have potentially harmful effects).
How often should you re-apply sunscreen?
In general, we don’t use sunscreen enough and we’re not well protected from the sun. The advice is to apply every 2 hours especially when you’re at the beach and outside for extended hours in the sun. Do not assume that a ‘waterproof’ sunscreen provides sufficient protection after swimming – so re-apply it again after swimming. Waterproof just means it protects you during swimming rather than after.
According to the Dutch consumer’s association “Consumentenbond”
The Best of the Test:
1. Vision Every day sun protection for 23E – spray (allergen-free, perfume-free and high environmental score *)
2. Biodermal Sun spray hydraplus for 25E spray (allergen-free and high environmental score)
3. Drs Leenarts Suncare SPF 30 for 18E – lotion (allergen-free, perfume-free and high environmental score)
The Best Buy:
Zenova Sun spray SPF 30 for 3,70E – spray (allergen-free and high environmental score)
* The environmental score is determined by calculating the environmental impact of the specified ingredients. This is according to the Dutch Consumers’ Association “Consumentenbond“.
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