How to select the right sunscreen formula

Sunscreen is an essential part of any sun safety routine, but with so many options available, how do you know which one is best for your skin? Here Banana Boat shares sun protection tips that can help you and your family.

When selecting a sunscreen, the first thing you should look for is a broad-spectrum formula that protects against UVA and UVB rays, both of which cause sun damage. Select an SPF of 30 or higher. Keep in mind the time you’ll be spending in the sun — if you’ll be spending more than one or two hours outside, go for a formula that’s 50+.

A variety of different formulas are available in stores, including chemical-based and mineral-based options. The active ingredients commonly found in chemical-based sunscreens provide broad-spectrum coverage to filter out both UVA and UVB rays. 

The active ingredients in mineral-based sunscreens, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are similar to chemical sunscreens in that they absorb UV light, but different in that they can also scatter UV light away from our skin. Their large physical size of the active ingredients ensures they stay on top of the skin, where they are effective.

A great choice is the new line of Banana Boat Simply Protect sunscreens, which are made with 25 per cent fewer ingredients and offer mineral-based protection for kids and baby. The spray and lotion sunscreens are made without oxybenzone, parabens and added oils and fragrances. Each formula is lightweight and easy to rub into skin. A variety of different formulas are available to suit your family’s different needs, including kids, baby and sport protection.

Parents should be vigilant with their children’s’ sunscreen routine, as their sensitive skin can be susceptible to sun damage when they spend their day playing in the sun. There are tear-free, gentle formulas available that won’t irritate babies’ and kids’ sensitive skin.

Also consider the activities you’ll be doing so that you can select a formula that works best. If you’ll be splashing around or taking your workout outdoors, opt for a water-resistant sunscreen that will keep your skin protected.

Regardless of which sunscreen formula you choose, each will adequately protect your skin from the sun’s rays. What’s most important is to find a sunscreen that contains the proper SPF and offers broad-spectrum protection, and remembering to diligently apply all season long.