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 +++.