Sunscreens with fragrances and dyes can aggravate some people’s skin. Others can be full of chemicals that cause similar negative reactions like rashes.
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Some sunscreens are on the greasy side and can cause problems for people prone to acne. These people need to look for the word noncomedogenic on bottles of sunscreen. They’re not as likely to clog pores.
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With babies six months or younger, you’re facing super sensitive skin. They should ideally be kept shaded at all times or very protectively clothed. Older than six months? Go to town with that sunscreen, but still protect them from harsh sunlight.
SPF-15 is the minimum level you should buy. People with dry skin: Choose a cream- or lotion-textured sunscreen. If oily skin is your issue, a gel is probably the way to go.
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Whichever sunscreen you use, be sure to apply it 30 minutes before you go outside. It needs to settle in before it can go to work protecting you from UV waves.
You should apply new coats of sunscreen every two hours or so. More frequently if you’re swimming or participating in something that’s making you sweat heavily. For more information, see Top 5 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin.