Here’s a cheat sheet on how to protect yourself from the sun, the right way

Here’s a little bit of mid-summer trivia for you: you need to wear sunscreen every day. More than a fancy skincare routine, the basis to getting that healthy glow is a good layer of sun protection. The effects of sun damage extend beyond a too-deep tan or sunburn — some worse effects include discoloration, premature aging, and even cancer.

Yeah, we know there are a lot of options available. And yes, it’s hard to tell what’s good and what’s not. So here’s a little sunscreen cheat sheet to save for the next time you’re at the drugstore.

 

Know the sun protection rating system

SPF, or sun protection factor, tells you how much UVB rays you’re blocking and for how long (and no, it’s not just the title of that pre-TATBILB Noah Centineo film). The PA +++ system began in Japan, and is meant to inform consumers of the sunscreen’s protection against UVA rays. Basically, your SPF number should be multiplied by the amount of time you can normally stay in the sun before getting burnt. Just takes a little math. For maximum effectiveness, you’ll wanna go with something that has SPF 50 (no less, no more) and is PA +++.

Top shelf worthy: When it comes to finding the right sunscreen, it’s a matter of trial and error.

Swatch to test consistency

With the humid Manila weather, an everyday sunscreen has to be lightweight and non-sticky. Gel formulas are the best to use because they sink into skin pretty fast and leave your face matte, with minimal whitecast.

 

Read the ingredients list

The basic facts you need to know are that inorganic chemicals like zinc oxide reflect the UV rays, while organic chemicals like oxybenzone or avobenzone absorb the UV rays and release them as heat. Additionally, you’ll know that a sunscreen’s a keeper when it’s got skin-caring ingredients like antioxidant-rich vitamin E and the really good stuff, like snail secretion filtrate — which sounds gross, but does wonders for skin regeneration!

 

Snail White CC Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ is available at leading Watsons and The SM Store outlets, and online on BeautyMNL, Zalora, and official Snail White stores on Lazada and Shopee. Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA ++++ is available in all Kiehl’s stores nationwide.

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