Did you know that the sun causes 90 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancers? Overall, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 (source). This startling information emphasizes the importance of using sunscreen, especially during the summer months. To learn more, visit our recent article about how to identify and prevent skin cancer. To help protect your skin we’ve provided some helpful information about the best sunscreen brands below.
Consider that as we age our skin will become drier and more fragile over time. This fragility is a result of many things from the decrease in collagen production to effects of medication and other skincare treatments, all of which ultimately results in older skin being more sensitive to the sun.
Top 10 Sun Screens Brands For Older Adults
When selecting the best sunscreen look for a water-resistant product with an SPF of at least 15 from any of the following brands:
- La Roche-Posay
- Equate, Sport Lotion
- Trader Joe’s Nourish Spray
- Banana Boat
- Hawaiian Tropic
Note that although we recommend the brands above, the brand of sunscreen itself is not as important as how and when you use sunscreen products in general.
What is SPF?
All sunscreen products list an SPF rating, but what does it really mean? SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well a sunscreen protects against UV rays. Manufacturers calculate SPF ratings based on how long it takes to sunburn the skin that’s been treated with the sunscreen as compared to skin with no sunscreen protection at all.
In general, you should apply one ounce of sunscreen every two hours that you plan to be outdoors. And reapplication may be required if you are swimming or performing any physical activity that causes sweating. When you are not swimming, make sure to wear loose, lightweight long pants or long-sleeved shirts as the most efficient way to protect your skin.
Remember to pay special attention to the hands and feet, as well as any bald spots on an older adult’s head when applying sunscreen. Do your research about the brands above and find the product that best meets your needs.
Most importantly, wear sunscreen and protect your skin!