It's that time of year again to stock up on sunscreen for hot days at the beach in Florida. There are so many varieties to choose from: sprays, gels, creams, and sticks. Some are better for various reasons but what SPF should we us in Florida?
Below we have some tips to help you choose.
Sunscreen Higher than 30SPF in Florida
For best-case sun protection, you should always be using sunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor, of at least 30. SPF 30 blocks out 97% of UV rays, and SPF 50 will block about 98%. On the other hand, sunscreen rated to SPF15 will only block 93%. Sunscreens with an SPF of 2 – 4 are virtually useless in terms of protection.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreens
If you are seeking full sun protection, which we all should be, try and seek out sunscreens labeled as broad spectrum. These products protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and any dermatologist will tell you that this level of protection is critical for overall skin health and longevity. The FDA is behind the labeling, so you can be sure that any sunscreen claiming to be “Broad Spectrum” is legitimate.
Being Tan Doesn’t Give Block Dangerous UVs
Many people will make the argument that their skin is too dark to burn, that they tan rather than burn, or that their burns quickly turn into tans. Just because you have darker skin does not mean you are immune to the effects of the sun or skin cancer. The fact is that everyone who is spending extended periods of time exposed to the sun, as most people are when on a Florida vacation, needs to have sun protection. If you are really on top of it, you should be reapplying every 2 hours – and even sooner if you are spending a lot of time in the water.
We have a lot of fun here at myDerm but one thing we take seriously is sun protection. Bad sunburn cannot only ruin your Florida vacation, but it can have lasting implications much later in life. Check out the links below to learn more about sunscreen and protection, and don’t forget to pack plenty for your upcoming dream vacation in The Sunshine State.