Summer is finally here in Milwaukee and it is time to talk about sun protection. Even though sunscreen should be part of your routine year-round, summer is generally a time when people get more sun exposure and need to be extra diligent about applying sunscreen. From preventing skin cancer to helping slow the aging process, sunscreen is important for many reasons. Sunscreen is especially important if you are getting a tattoo removed.
Each year Consumer Reports tests a variety of sunscreens to see if they live up to their SPF claims and block against harmful UVA and UVB rays. There are many sunscreens that do not offer the protection they promise. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it can be a great place to start when choosing a sunscreen. Here are some of the top sunscreens according to Consumer Reports:
Sunscreen lotions are easy to apply. When using lotions, make sure you shake the bottle so that the active ingredients are dispersed throughout the sunscreen. Some top scoring lotions according to the 2017 Sunscreen Guide are:
Spray sunscreens have to be applied with caution. If the spray is sheer, it can be hard to tell what areas are covered. Spray sunscreens also pose a risk of inhalation. Some top scoring sprays according to the 2017 Sunscreen Guide are:
Sunscreen sticks are great to carry around for last minute protection for your tattoo or face. Some top scoring sticks according to the 2017 Sunscreen Guide are:
The best sunscreen is one that you will wear consistently. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a product with an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours. Have a great summer!