4 Tips for Choosing Sunscreen to Prevent Skin Cancer?
Patients will sometimes ask Dr. Peterson Pierre, “What is the best sunscreen to prevent skin cancer?” Our Westlake Village-based dermatologist stresses to all patients—and anyone who will listen!—that sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine. Not only does it help minimize skin damage that leads to cosmetic aging, as well as prevent painful sunburns, but it is also one of the best ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
However, with so many different types of sunscreens available, it can be difficult to know which brand or type to choose.
What’s most important is to understand that by applying sunscreen, you create a barrier between your skin and the sun, reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches your skin. Building on this concept is key to choosing the ideal product for your own situation.
In this blog, we will discuss how to find the best type of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
1. Choose a Broad-Spectrum Formula
When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to look for one that has a broad-spectrum formula, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for aging and wrinkling the skin, while UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburns. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer, so it is important to protect against both. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher, as this will provide adequate protection.
2. Look for Physical Sunscreens
There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens work by reflecting UV rays away from the skin,while chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays. While both types of sunscreens are effective, physical sunscreens are generally considered safer and more effective. Look for sunscreens that contain ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
3. Consider Your Skin Type
Different types of sunscreens are better suited for different skin types. If you have oily skin, you may want to look for a lightweight, oil-free formula. If you have dry skin, look for a sunscreen that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. If you have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen that is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
4. Check the Expiration Date
Sunscreen can lose its effectiveness over time, so it is important to check the expiration date before using it. If a sunscreen is expired, it may not provide adequate protection against the sun’s harmful rays.