6 best sunscreens for working outside (without getting greasy or burned)

Being outside is more fun. Most of our daily activities require us to be outdoors. Unfortunately, being exposed to sunburn and UV rays is an issue of concern. Preventive measures should be taken in order to overcome all this effect. You may decide to wear a hat for head protection or sunglasses for eyes protection

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A most effective way of being protected from all this is through the use of sunscreen. This will prevent your skin from turning red or peeling off as a result of sunburn. Many varieties of products are available for your protection. Have you ever experienced sunburns? Do you bother using sunscreen for your protection? Ok, let’s discuss how beneficial sunscreen will have to your skin and the best sunscreen to use. 

Having varieties of sunscreen is a good thing. But what is the benefit behind having a range of sunscreen which is all not fit for you? If you are still searching for the best sunscreen, then you are on at the right place to get satisfied. Considering sunscreen with natural content is best for you. Especially if you have skin allergy.

Kids have their specific sunscreen due to their skin naturally. You may also decide to come-up with homemade sunscreen for use. At this level of homemade sunscreen, it’s advisable to do intensive research on homemade sunscreen ingredients for your skin safety. Some of the components may include coconut oil, aloe vera, and shea butter. These ingredients are best when it comes to moisturizing your skin. You are also advised to select the best recipe when preparing homemade sunscreen. 

It is very simple to use sunscreen. You will have to take your time when applying all these to your body before moving outside for your daily work. Always try to apply the recommended amount as it is known that, too much of something may cause harm on to you. Ensure that much of your body is covered for maximum protection. This includes your face, ears, nose, etc. I

f you happen to oversweet or come in conduct with water, then it’s advisable to do a reapplication to ensure maximum protection. Two hours interval application is also recommended for maximum protection. If you haven’t come across sunscreen, then for your first application is better if you apply on some small portion of your body to see how your body is going to react on it. Now I am truly sure that you are in the best position to use sunscreen. 

There are three types of UVR (ultraviolet radiation). These include UVB, UVA, and UVC. UVC does not affect us since they are filtered by the atmosphere. The remaining two is of significant concern. UVA doesn’t cause any sunburn since they penetrate more rooted in our skin. But that doesn’t mean it can’t cause any harm on you as many of us think of. They, in fact, damage the body DNA through formations of free radicals. These are harmful molecules which harm your health.

UVB rays are less penetrating hence responsible for sunburn. They directly affect the DNA. They are harmful too in such a way that they stimulate vitamin D generation that aids in calcium absorption. So it’s more recommended to have less exposure to this kind of rays due to importance behind Vitamin D. an estimation of 20-50 minutes exposure is right for your health. UVB can penetrate through glasses. Hence you are protected when inside a vehicle or by wearing sunglass. It’s also advised to wear long-sleeved clothing like this to an extent controls UVB penetration. 

There are different forms of sunscreens. You may choose from lotions, creams, sticks, sprays, moisturizers, and gel. Besides their ways, sunscreen can be categorized with respect to how they protect your body/skin from the sun. In addition, they can be grouped as per the ingredients. 

Physical Sunscreens

In this category, we have two types. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This kind of sunscreens protects your skin by scattering UV rays from the sun prior to penetrating your body. They also reflect these rays away from your body. The advantage of these sunscreens is that your body doesn’t absorb them, but instead they last longer on your skin and starts functioning at the time of application. They stay on your skin. Hence, they can’t harm your skin or cause any irritations due to allergies. You can apply three times a day (morning, afternoon, and evening).

Chemical Sunscreens

Unlike physical sunscreens, these kind penetrates your skin and are made up of active ingredients. There is a phenomenon where different types of chemicals are combined, and each chemical is in charge of blocking a specific UV ray. Sunscreen with a “broad spectrum” label has all chemical content/ingredients that protect you from UV radiations. Most of these chemical sunscreen protects you against UVA and UVB rays. Also, some may contain zinc oxide, avobenzone, or titanium dioxide for physical blocking. 

Water Resistance Sunscreen

Since UV rays from the sun can easily penetrate through water, is more advisable to apply sunscreen when going swimming. These kinds of Sunscreen are majorly manufactured for those individuals involved in water sporting activities. There is a distinct difference between water resistance sunscreen and waterproof sunscreen. Water-resistance sunscreen can maintain its SPF level for over 40 minutes while inside water. The other one can maintain the SPF level 80 minutes after being immersed in water. As a result, waterproof sunscreen has a high protection power as compared to the water resistance sunscreen. 

No matter the type of sunscreen you may choose to use is recommended to apply sufficient amount for covering your face, neck, legs, arms, and other body parts exposed to the sun. 

To assemble everything, the use of sunscreen minimizes sunburn risks. Be free to give trials to every kind of advice given out by skin specialist. It’s recommended to always seek clarification to your health care professional if unsure of your skin protection. Besides, it should be noted that, sun damages starts in our childhood. Major of skin cancer which evolve in older age results from childhood exposure to the sun. 

D. Hahn

DIY guru, dad, husband, blogger. When I'm not creating life hacks I'm teaching my kids how to fix stuff after their dad breaks it.

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