How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Boating

When it comes to boat accessories, Michigan boaters want to make sure that their skin is protected. Since the sun reflects off the water, it can make a sunburn happen faster. Because of this, it is important that you pick the right sunscreen for your needs, so that you can keep your focus on enjoying your boating adventure.

Broad Spectrum

Thanks to rules by the FDA, sunscreens have to pass rigorous testing to earn this critical label. When you see a broad-spectrum label, you know that the product is able to protect against both UVB and UVA rays. UVA rays are what cause your skin to age and wrinkle when you are overexposed. UVB rays are what burn your skin. Both of these increase your risk of skin cancer. Getting protection against even one is a good thing, but being protected against both types of rays is what we should be aiming for. Because of this, it is imperative to opt for broad-spectrum products.

Choosing SPF

The old rules said that a minimum SPF of 15 is what you should be getting. However, new rules say that you need to go for a minimum SPF of 30.

SPF 50 is the highest you should go. There is no evidence to support that anything higher than 50 gives you any more protection. An SPF 50 is a good idea when you are spending a day outside on the water. Just remember that you still must reapply every two hours even if the product claims to be long-lasting, to ensure full protection from the sun. If you have very fair or sensitive skin, an SPF 50 can also be helpful.

Ingredients to Look For

When you are choosing a sunscreen, there are a few ingredients that you want to look for, and these include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and mexoryl (you may also see this called ecamsule). These ingredients will be present in sunscreens that offer true broad-spectrum protection. The majority of sunscreens on the shelves really only help you when it comes to UVB rays, but when you see these ingredients – which must now be listed by law – you know that you are going to get some protection from both UVB and UVA rays. So, always take a minute or two to read the label.

Cream Versus Spray

Both offer equal protection when applied properly so you can choose which you prefer. The only thing to consider is that when you spray sunscreen on your face, you will be inhaling the chemicals within it, so to be absolutely safe, you might want to use a cream on your face.

Now you know more about picking out the right sunscreen. This will aid in preventing sunburn whether you are out on the water or hanging out at the marina. Sun protection is one of the most important boat accessories in Michigan.

 

 

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