Irrespective of the weather conditions in the UAE, it is extremely important to use sunscreen throughout the year. With a wide variety of sunscreens now available in the market, it has made the choices wider and difficult for consumers.
A few tips to keep in mind to buy a good sunscreen include:
Pay attention to the SPF, it is crucial to choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30.
Sunscreens will provide protection against harmful UV rays for a minimum of 40 minutes, so if you apply sunscreen and go for a swim, a water resistant sunscreen will be effective for a maximum of 30 to 40 minutes after which you will have to reapply.
UVA filters –It is important to check for UVA filters/ingredients such a titanium dioxide, zinc oxide. Sunscreens labelled as broad spectrum include both UVA and UVB filters and should be the preferred choice.
Choose sunscreens based on the weather conditions, thick cream based sunscreens should be avoided during the summer as they tend to get very sticky.
Always use sunscreen based on your skin type. Water based sunscreen is best suited for acne prone and oily skin.