Surveys show that 34% of men wear sunscreens, compared to 78% of women.
Recommendation: Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion With Sunscreen
Dermatologists and skincare specialists all recommend putting up sunscreen every time you step outside into sunray, especially in summer time. According to research, about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV rays from the sun. Additionally the same percentage of skin aging is caused by that fire ball in the sky.
Yet at this point in the summer most dudes continue to ignore sun protection, but start panicking until wrinkles and other forms of skin discomfort come into light.
Choose the right Sunscreen
Tough guys, now’s the chance to right the wrongs. And it all starts with choosing the right sunscreen. These are important factors to consider before settling on one specific brand:
- Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are elements that absorb rays and reflect them from the skin, while octocrylene and octisalate help stabilize avobenzone for longer stretches.
- Broad-spectrum coverage: You want something with UVA and/or UBV protection to prevent any age-related damage or burnt skin.
- Moisturization: Dry skin requires hydration, so grab a sunscreen with lanolin, oils, and silicones that aren’t hazardous to skin like dimethicone.
- SPF rating: Anything with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher will coat your face and body. 30+ is recommended for summer time and anything more than 50 will make no difference.
- Water resistance: The FDA labels any sunscreen “water-resistant” that can hold its SPF protection for 40 minutes within contact of perspiration. Male users usually tent to sweat more than female, so it’s a quite big factor in choosing the right sunscreen for men.
Dermatologic Surgeons list oxybenzone and octinoxate as two that are not harmful, but “can cause allergic reactions for those with sensitive skin.” So knowing your skin type definitely helps with the selection process.
Also it’s worth noting that, most of us don’t apply enough sunscreen for it to be effective. It should be used 15 minutes before we go outside in the sun with a minimum volume of the size of a nickel, and reapplied every 45 minutes. Believe me guys, it’s worth all the fuss.