Are you an active outdoors person? Or a beach bum?
If you say yes to both questions, then apparently, you spend most of your time outside, exposed to the heat of the sun.
Yes, the sun might feel good on your skin but too much of it can increase your risk of skin cancer and other diseases.
Thankfully, sunscreens were invented. Now, maybe you’re wondering: “Do men really need sunscreen?” Of course, you do! Men and women alike are susceptible to skin problems caused by sun exposure.
So before you get confused with the myriad of products in the market, let us guide you in choosing the best sunscreen for you.
Here are the factors you should consider when buying men’s sunscreen product:
Read the labels carefully to ensure that your sunscreen contains all the essential ingredients to make it effective. It should have benzophenones, a component that offers “broad-spectrum” protection.
Sunscreen products with this ingredient can effectively block the majority of the sun’s rays.
However, you might want to steer clear from one kind of benzophenone called oxybenzone as it can harm ocean life and damage reefs. Protecting yourself doesn’t mean harming the environment, right?
Also, keep in mind these excellent ingredients that are particularly effective in blocking an even greater amount of UV rays: cinnamates, zinc oxide, avobenzone, and ecamsule.
2. Skin Type
Your vulnerability to sunburn and skin cancer depends on your skin type.
For dry skin: Try to find sunscreen products that have moisturizing components such as antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are effective in counteracting the sunscreen’s drying effect (if there’s any).
For sensitive skin: Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide. These components don’t absorb the sun’s rays but reflect them instead.
For oily skin: Choose products that are designed to reduce oil and prevent breakouts. A thinner sunscreen is also a great option as it’s less likely to clog your pores.
For pale skin: You’re at high-risk for sun damage, so you might want to buy a sunscreen with SPF 20 or higher.
For normal/combination: You can select any sunscreen product that has at least SPF 15.
3. Sun Protection Factor
Sun Protection Factor or more commonly known as SPF, determines how effective a certain product is in blocking UV radiation.
There are two types of UV radiation you should be concerned about: UVA rays and UVB rays.
Ultraviolet A rays penetrate your skin deeper compared to UVB rays and can cause skin cancer.
While Ultraviolet B rays put you most at risk to skin cancer and can cause sunburn as well.
So, if you’re going to buy sunscreen, get one with SPF 15 or higher to protect your skin from possible harm and damage.
Now that you’ve learned how to shield your skin from the heat of the sun, don’t forget to complete your self-care routine by practicing good beard hygiene. Your facial hair’s exposure to sunlight can affect its growth and appearance. That said, you can use natural beard products to keep it healthy and shiny.