If you’re looking for a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, there’s a good chance that SPF ratings confused you. After all, they aren’t really that easy to understand. Should you get a sunscreen with a higher SPF? Will SPF 15 prevent sunburn?
If you’ll be only out for a short time, say 30 to 60 minutes, and you won’t be out between 10 am to 4 pm, a sunscreen with an SPF 15 rating should be enough to help reduce sunburn.
However, if you’ll be out for a longer time, you need something that can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. A broad-spectrum sunscreen makes a good choice for such case.
Allow us to explain:
If an unprotected skin takes 20 minutes to start turning red, a sunscreen with SPF 15 should be able to prevent your skin from reddening 15 times longer. That’s because SPF15 can filter out about 93% of all UVB rays.
Now, if you want added protection, consider physically covering yourself whenever you’re going out. Take an umbrella with you if you’ll be heading to the beach and wear a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.