What Sunscreen Should I Use?

The market is flooded with different brands of sunscreens, with different protection factors. SMSS have compiled a few pointers to enable you to make a more informed decision, and get the most out of your product.

  • Always use a sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • To achieve good protection, apply the sunscreen thickly and evenly to all exposed parts of your body 15 minutes prior to going outside.
  • Pay particular attention to the most exposed parts of your body such as ears, nose, forehead and neck.
  • You should reapply the sunscreen every two hours, especially after swimming or other sporting activity.
  • Using a lip balm with an SPF protects against sores on the lips.

Sunscreens should not be confused with after-sun lotions. After-sun lotions moisturise and soothe dry and sunburnt skin, but do not protect against UV or repair UV damage.