As you’re having fun in the sun, it’s more important than ever to keep your skin protected. We sat down with our favorite skincare guru and Dandelion Sun's Head of Product Development, Marlena Chang, to get her advice on how to choose the best sunscreen.
Broad Spectrum This is the most important thing to look for when choosing an SPF, because it indicates that your sunscreen provides complete protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
SPF The number of your perfect SPF varies based on your lifestyle. A swimmer who spends her days outside in the sun, for example, may need a higher SPF than someone who’s in an office all day. If you’re mainly indoors, an SPF of 30 works for almost everyone, offering protection against interior UV lights.
Physical vs Chemical When shopping for a physical sunscreen, look for the active ingredients Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. However, there may be cases where a chemical sunscreen is a good fit. There are good chemicals, for example, that can help improve the wearability of a sunscreen. They also help protect against blue light from digital screens.
Skin Type Those with oily skin will want to go for a lighter texture. If you’re acne prone, you’ll want to be especially careful to choose a non-greasy SPF and can also consider powder options. Those with dry skin, on the other hand, can tolerate a thicker texture, but will need a deeper exfoliation afterwards to keep their skin clean.
Complementary Products Always use your antioxidants in the summer. Your first layer of defense is Vitamin C in the morning. The important thing to remember for anyone using SPF on a daily basis is that you’ll want to exfoliate a couple of times a week to remove any residue.
You Missed a Spot! Don't forget to apply sunscreen everywhere, including frequently forgotten places like the top of the ears, back of the hands and lips. We launched Coconut Oil SPF 30 Lipscreen that's water resistant and packed with great ingredients like Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.
“Sunscreen only works when it’s on, so the most important thing is to find something you love.”
- Marlena Chang
Shop Sunscreen We have a great SPF product at Dandelion Sun and we’re also happy to answer any questions to help you choose the best one for your skin and lifestyle.