Tips To Choosing A Tanning Or Sunscreen Agent

Tips To Choosing A Tanning Or Sunscreen Agent

Remember the​ days of​ ordering a​ coffee at​ your favourite café -when your most difficult decision was to​ choose between an​ espresso, a​ cappuccino or​ a​ flat white? Today of​ course, your choices are much more diverse – throw in​ Affogattos, Machhiatos, Viennas, Melloccinos, and​ Mochas (to name but a​ few). of​ course, your choices don’t end there. Will that be with skim milk or​ whole? Decaf or​ regular? in​ a​ mug or​ a​ cup...?

Now of​ course that’s just a​ simple example using coffee. But how do you feel about your choices when it​ comes to​ selecting a​ tanning or​ sunscreen agent?

Not surprisingly, when faced with the​ variety and​ range of​ products on the​ market today, the​ average consumer can find this selection process a​ little more overwhelming than ordering a​ cup of​ coffee.

Tanning products or​ sunscreen agents are not only available in​ multiple forms including sprays, lotions, sticks, gels etc.: they can also be targeted to​ different activities, age ranges and​ skin types. They are produced by both smaller (less familiar) manufacturers, as​ well as​ by the​ more popular brand name manufacturers such as​ ‘Banana Boat', 'ChapStick', 'Clarins', ‘Clinique’, ‘Coppertone’, ‘Estee Lauder’, ‘Johnson’s’, ‘Neutrogena’, ‘Oil of​ Olay’, and​ ‘Vaseline’.

In response to​ the​ demands of​ consumers, manufacturers continue to​ provide an​ ever increasing number of​ products for​ you to​ choose from, with many targeted to​ specific markets. However, the​ variety of​ choices doesn’t mean it​ makes the​ selection process easy.

So where on earth do you start?

Besides your skin type, here are some simple tips to​ consider when making your selection from the​ variety of​ tanning and​ sunscreen products available:

a) Chosen Activity: – Being outdoors is​ not the​ only element to​ take into consideration when factoring in​ your amount of​ exposure to​ the​ sun. You also need to​ note the​ intensity with regards to​ climate, the​ season, location and​ time of​ day.

For example, just because you may be hiking in​ a​ cool mountain region or​ snow skiing, doesn’t mean you should throw all caution aside. Wind and​ UV rays still reach you, so protection would be wise. Consider also any exposure to​ surfaces with reflective qualities (i.e. snow, water, sand, etc.), as​ these can intensify UV ray harm. Activities that make you work up a​ sweat or​ those involving water (e.g. basketball, jogging, sun bathing on a​ hot beach, biking, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, outdoor work and​ exercise etc.), have the​ potential to​ wash off your sunscreen, and​ therefore need to​ be addressed also.

Choose a​ sunscreen product for​ these activities with both UVA and​ UVB protection and​ an​ SPF of​ 15 or​ higher, when possible. as​ for​ water / sweat activities, choose a​ product that offers a​ waterproof or​ water-resistant agent.

Tip: Where appropriate, you should also consider dressing to​ cover up as​ much skin as​ possible (e.g. wearing long sleeves, a​ scarf or​ hat, slacks or​ jogging pants).

b) Age: – There are only a​ few words of​ caution about age. First of​ all, health care providers do NOT recommend using alcohol-based sunscreen products on children. and​ they do NOT recommend using sunscreen agents of​ any type on babies under the​ age of​ 6 months. for​ children older than 6 months, a​ lotion is​ the​ preferred form of​ sunscreen, over a​ spray, for​ example. and​ the​ SPF should be a​ minimum of​ 15.

c) Use on Your Body: – Your choice of​ tanning product also depends upon where you are going to​ apply the​ lotion, gel, spray or​ other form. and​ it​ also depends upon the​ health of​ the​ area of​ the​ body.

For example, there are lip balms with sunscreen (solid or​ gel-based ones), which not only help the​ lips, but can also touch up spots in​ a​ hurry. Also if​ you’re trying to​ apply protection to​ fingers, ears, nose and​ other small areas, a​ physical sunscreen agent, lotion or​ gel may be easier than a​ spray. if​ you have dry skin, you might want to​ try a​ product in​ lotion or​ cream form. for​ oily skin, gel-based or​ alcohol forms of​ sunscreen might be better choices. N.B: a​ word of​ caution: Do not use alcohol-based products with inflamed skin or​ eczematous.

Keeping the​ above considerations in​ mind, should give you a​ great starting point from which to​ choose your tanning product or​ sunscreen agent.

In addition, a​ recommendation from a​ friend for​ a​ particular product, (assuming they have similar skin type and​ circumstances), - or​ even a​ particular brand name (remembering that the​ more popular manufacturers produce products catering to​ different skin types, activities etc.), can sometimes also be helpful in​ narrowing down your choices.

Ultimately the​ choice should be based upon your individual situation, your skin type, and​ your personal preferences. What works for​ one person may not be the​ most ideal for​ another.

Once you've done some basic research and​ have found a​ particular product you feel is​ suitable, then why not just start with that product. if​ you find it​ doesn’t offer you the​ results you expected, then simply be prepared to​ do a​ little more research, look around further and​ modify your choices accordingly. While there may be some trial and​ error involved initially, by becoming more familiar with your preferences and​ the​ types of​ products available, you're sure to​ find the​ product that’s right for​ you.

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