Best Sunscreens for Summer 2015

Best Sunscreen

In summer your skin must be protected from hazadrous sun rays, especially of you go to Hawaii beaches or anywhere else to the sea.

Last year I wrote about how to choose a sunscreen and you already know what ingredients should be written on the pack of a good sun protection solution. This post provides a list of five best sunscreens of 2015.

1. Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion by Avon

Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion by Avon
I included it in my list as this lotion has a number of good functions: protects the skin from UV rays, effectively repels mosquitoes (and other bugs) and at the same time takes care of skin. The lotion contains aloe vera and vitamin E. It mosturizes and softens skin, lasts longer and smells great. Contains active sunscreen ingredients: octinoxate 7.5%, oxybenzone 6.0% and octisalate 5.0%.

2. Original Protection Spray 12Hr Moisturisation SPF30 by Garnier

Original Protection Spray 12Hr Moisturisation SPF30 by Garnier
French cosmetic company L’Oreal is making good products in its Garnier branch. Ambre Solaire is a well-known line of sun protection products: sunsreens and after-sun for different types of skin, suitable for entire family! This product is very easy to use because it is in form of spray. Its major advantage is long lasting moisturisation which is so needed in summer time. Contains Vitamin E.

3. Sensitive Advanced Protection Face And Neck Lotion SPF 50+ by Garnier

Sensitive Advanced Protection Face And Neck Lotion SPF 50+ by Garnier
On the beach not only your body needs protection, but face and neck too! It would be a good idea to choose a solution with high SPF. Sensitive skin needs an SPF 50, not less. This product has no perfume and no colourants, is hypoallergenic. Just perfect.

4. Huile Sèche SPF 20 by Vichy

Huile Sèche SPF 20 by Vichy
This luxury product provides a luxury care for your luxury body when you are under the sun.  It has a number of advantages: it comes in form of spray easy to use, it is suitable for both body and face and it contains oil! The maker claims that the spray protects your skin from premature aging, pigmented spots and damaging. Contains coconut oil and unique thermal water Vichy SPA.

5. Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 45 by Alba Botanica

Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 45 by Alba Botanica
In my list of five best sunscreens this is an organic one. It contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and has no parabens! Contains revitalizing green tea. Moisturizes skin for long period of time and is water resistant. Who loves organic products, should take into consideration this sunscreen.

Choosing Best Sunsreen for Your Skin

Woman on the Beach

It is summer time, the time for vacations on the sea coast! Do not forget to take a sunscreen with you! Sunscreens help to protect your skin from sun’s hazardous ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of sunsreen:
1. sunscreens that absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin;
2. sunscreens that disperse the light and reflect it away from your skin.

Several years ago choosing sunscreen was limited to searching for one with an appropriate SPF (sun protection factor) which refers to blockage of UVB (ultraviolet B) rays. The higher the number is, the higher the protection. UVB rays are dangerous as they cause cancer. Also there are UVA rays, which do not cause sunburn but also increase risks for cancer. UVA rays do enter deeply in the skin and cause wrinkles. Yeah, they cause wrinkles…. Moreover, studies found that 90% of aging changes in skin occur due to exposure to UVA rays.

Now you understand that your sunscreen should protect you from both UVB and UVA rays! In order to protect your skin from UVB rays, pay attention to SPF numbers.

Let us take a sunburn with SPF 15. If you usually burn in 10 minutes, SPF 15 multiplies that by a factor of 15, meaning you stay under the sun for 150 minutes before burning. For the majority of people SPF 15 is ok, but people with a very pale skin should use SPF 30 or higher. However, SPF 30 does not mean two times better protection than SPF 15, because SPF 30 filters out 97% of UVB and SPF 15 filters out 93%. Not a big difference.

In order to protect your skin from UVA rays your sunscreen should have at least one of next ingredients:
1. ecamsule, which blocks UVA. It was recently approved and is expensive;
2. titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are known for a long time and are cheap;
5. avobenzone;
4. oxybenzone;;
5. sulisobenzone;.

Water resistent or not? You should know that water-resistent sunscreens keep their SPF level after 40 minutes in the water. Suncreens are not water-proof and you will need to reapply it regularly.