Let me start by saying I apologize for the lack of blog posts and social media posts as of late. I have been under a lot of pressure to get other things done. Life is getting ahead of me basically. I want everyone to know how much I really appreciate your readership.
I heard on the radio today that a recent study found that out of a selected collection of 65 best selling sunscreens, 40% do not even meet guidelines established by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). 4 out of their top 10 of the most reviewed and highly rated on Amazon.com would not make the cut.
You can read more about that study here.
I wanted to remind everyone how important it is when choosing a sunscreen to choose practicality over luxury. The AAD has some pretty straightforward guidelines.
- Make sure it is Broad Spectrum. Most sunscreen is. This basically means you will be protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
- SPF 30 or higher. The higher the better really. For your face you will want a higher number than 30. 30 and 50 are what you see most often, but be aware, some sunscreens don’t even have 30.
- Water Resistance. This is a biggie. Chances are you are getting out this summer to ride water rides or swim. A lot of sunscreens will come off in the water, or only work for a short time after. Try to find one with water resistance of up to 40 – 80 minutes.
Be sure you don’t pay top dollar for a product that doesn’t follow these guidelines. Interestingly enough, I am impressed lately by a spontaneous purchase of Dollar General brand sunscreen. It is SPF 50 and Water Resistant up to 80 minutes. It wasn’t greasy, applied well, and kept me protected through a long day at King’s Island, even with riding water rides.