You’ve heard us tell you when and how you need to apply sunscreen. You even know how much you exactly need to apply for the best protection. It’s time we give you a guide on what you need to look for when buying sunscreen. Here are the 5 golden rules you need to follow before you make your next sun block purchase.


1. Say It with Me, “I Do Not Need More Than SPF 50+”

Staring at a wall full of sunscreen at the drugstore can be a touch overwhelming when you don’t even know where to start. That’s why the best thing to do is to go for sunscreen SPF 50+ first. Before you see anything else on that bottle you need to make sure it’s 50+ and not more or less for the best possible protection you can get from the sun.

2. Check for the UVA Circle

Great, now you got the right SPF, let’s see if it protects you from both UVB and UVA rays. As you know, sun rays are categorized into mainly UVB and UVA. UVB rays are responsible for your skin burning, while UVA is what penetrates your skin layer damaging your skin cells DNA and possibly causing cancer. Only broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you from both UVB and UVA and you can make sure your sunscreen of choice does that by looking for UVA written inside a circle. That’s proof that this sunscreen is approved to protect you from UVA rays.


3. Get to Know Your Skin

Sunscreen is an essential part of our skincare. That means just like the rest of our skincare it has to work well for our skin type. You have to make sure that the product you’re buying won’t make your dry skin look flaky or your oily skin greasy in the sun. Some sunscreen brands have sunscreens that cater to every skin type, like La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreen.
If you have dry skin, go for Anthelios Comfort Cream. You can easily identify it because of the blue line you see here.
If you have oily skin then Anthelios Anti Shine/Anti-Brilliance is the best option for you. Just look for the green line.
If your skin is more on the normal or combination type then the Anthelios Ultra Light with the yellow line is the one for you. It’s super light, you will seriously forget you have sunscreen on and it works on mattifying your skin as well.

4. Non-Toxic to the environment

Even though sunscreen is great for our skin, some products have harmful chemicals that hurt our oceans. The sunscreen you add to your face and body actually seeps to the water you get in when you swim (that’s why you need to reapply after.) You need to make sure the sunscreen product you choose doesn’t have chemicals that harm our coral reefs like Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3.) It can cause coral bleaching and even damage coral DNA. These corals are homes to a huge number of aquatic sea life that could die because their home got destroyed.
You need to use sunscreen responsibly and part of that responsibility is towards your own planet. La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Sunscreen is one of the few brands out there that doesn’t have Oxybenzone, so it can fit your skincare routine as well as your sustainability routine. If only it came in a non-plastic container, it would be the perfect planet friendly sunscreen, but one can only hope!

5. Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind

If you’re someone who wants to be reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours because you want to take the best possible care of your skin but you don’t find it convenient to do so on top of your makeup then you need to opt for the Anthelios Sunscreen Spray.
It is so light, so invisible that all you have to do is just spray it on and you’re good to go, no need to rub it in. The best part is that it will even act as a makeup fixer. This is why it’s crucial to put into account your lifestyle when buying sunscreen. If you’re a natural head that doesn’t wear makeup and won’t mind reapplying cream every 2 hours then you might not need the spray form. Choose the sunscreen that fits your lifestyle.
Now you know the golden rules you need to follow when buying your next sunscreen, now that wall of sunscreen options won’t be as intimidating! Send this to someone who needs to have sunscreen as a part of their skincare routine but doesn’t know which sunscreen to buy.