What's the Best Type of Sunscreen?

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Picking a sunscreen is like playing with fire. Make a wrong move and you're going to get burned. Now here's how to make the right choice.

First, pick one that says broad spectrum. That means it will block both UVA aging rays and UVB burning rays.

Next, wear at least SPF 30, even if you're working on your tan. If you're going to be out in the heavy duty sun, you can step it up to SPF 50. But anything higher than that doesn't give you much added protection.

Also, grab a sunscreen that is water resistant. Even if you're not going for a swim, you're probably going to sweat in the sun. And reapply often.

And finally, which is better, lotions or sprays? Well, they're actually both the same, as long as you use them the right way. You'll want to use a shot glass worth of sunscreen. If you're using a spray, make sure it's an even spread on your body and it isn't floating away in the breeze. Keep in mind they could be harmful if they're inhaled, so if you're applying to your face or to children, spray the sunscreen on your hand and then rub it on.

Now you can enjoy the sun without the burn. For WebMD, I'm Dr. Michael Smith.