Basking under the sun can be a good thing, thanks to its free dose of Vitamin D, but it can also be damaging to your skin and life-threatening (think sunburn and skin cancer) when you step out without protection. Enter the skin's invisible shield against the sun: sunscreen. It should always be applied on the whole body daily—not just when you're on the beach or by the pool. Aivee Aguilar-Teo, MD, dermatologist and medical director at The Aivee Institute, schools us on the basics of sunscreen.
What's the minimum SPF protection should we use? Is there a big difference between SPF50 and SPF30?

There's both a big and minute difference between SPF 50 and SPF 30. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is actually a measure of the time allowance the product could give to the wearer before sunburn happens. If your skin naturally burns within 10 minutes, by using a product with SPF of 30, you multiply your protection by 30, prolonging your protection against the sun to 300 minutes (10 minutes x SPF30). SPF 50 is perfect as it protects your skin for about eight hours, and if you had a very early day, re-application is easy.
According to Dr. Aivee, oral sunscreen can be considered by those who don’t like the feel of topical sunscreen. Plus, topical sunblock can be washed off by water, sweat, and other external factors, so it’s best to double the protection by taking oral SPF like Heliocare's Ultra Oral Gel Capsules (at dermatological clinics).

PHOTOS: Flickr; Mike Dee

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Latest Stories

5 Beauty Rules You Need to Unlearn So You Can Look Fresher

There are so many possibilities when you forget these rules.

Jennylyn Mercado on Heartache and Loss: "You have to face it, you have to conquer it"

The 31-year-old actress shares some of the things life taught her along the way.

How to Know if Diane Pills are the Hormonal Contraceptive for You

What makes Diane pills different from other brands? Plus the good and bad side effects women reported experiencing.
Load More Stories