Sunblock lotions

Sunblock lotions should invariably be included in your everyday personal care items. Sun care shouldn't just be practiced during the summer while out on the beach, hiking in the mountains, or picnicking with the family.

There are 2 aspects about the sun's UV rays that many people fail to realize:

  • UV damage to the skin can occur all year-round. Anytime the sun is shining, whether it's fall or even on a cloudy day in the winter, ultraviolet rays are still making their way to your skin and complexion.
  • UVA rays penetrate your skin deeper than UVB rays. Because they are longer than UVB rays, UVA rays penetrate clouds and glass and so will reach your skin on overcast days or when you are behind a car window or indoors by a window.
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One way to approach this situation is to use sunblock lotions year round on a daily basis as they are most likely to have a good broad spectrum protection. Sunblocks, as opposed to sunscreens, are generally regarded in the industry as having a physical sunscreen ingredient present. This means either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide will have been used as the active sunscreen ingredient.

The beauty of these lotions is that they are not only formulated to combat the damaging effects of both A and B ultraviolet rays, but they can be ideal for keeping your skin moisturized and nourished just like regular body lotion. Using sunblock lotions that are formulated in this way allows for easier application too.

While shopping for this type of product, you'll want to make sure you choose one that meets all your skin's needs. Essentially this means you should look for those that contain not only the ingredients that reflect and block UVA and UVB rays, but also contain essential skin moisturizing properties, such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter and mango butter and skin nourishing items such as aloe vera and vitamins B, C, D and E.

To fully protect yourself, be sure that the sunblock lotion you choose states that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Preferably find one that certifies how well it blocks UVA rays. UVB rays are internationally recognized as being certified through the SPF or 'sun protection factor'. UVA rays have a variety of ways to be certified but as of yet there is no specific one that has been chosen across the globe. One system to recommend you look for is the Boots Star system, which certifies from 1 star to 5 stars, where 5 is the highest and best certification level.

Pricing, as usual, varies with the quality. The trick is to find a sunblock lotion that has no toxic chemicals or preservatives, is wholly natural and contains skin boosting qualities with such things as organic botanicals and vitamins. Be sure not to skimp on quality in order to save a few dollars, but look for top brands at good prices. Generic lotions can still be fairly effective but still make it a point to read the labels and make sure the ingredients themselves prove that the product is capable of offering adequate protection.

For best effectiveness always remember how important it is to reapply when using sunblock lotions. While you may not be heavily sweating throughout your day, the longer you go without reapplying, the more at risk your skin will be. Also reapply after swimming or coming into contact with any water.

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