How to Choose a Sunscreen for Fair Skin

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If you have fair skin, you may be more at risk of developing skin cancers. At the very least, you are more at risk of burning if you have fair skin. Sunscreens definitely limit certain kinds of sun damage, so it is wise to take your time with choosing the right formula.

  • Choose a sunscreen that is made with an SPF of at least 30 if you have fair skin. Blue Lizard Makes a line of sunscreen products that work well for those with fair skin, absorbing well and drying clear. Burt's Bees also creates many natural sunscreens that do not have added chemicals that can harm those with fair or sensitive complexions.

  • Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen if you have fair skin and burn often. Many people with fair skin burn badly the first time they head out in the sun for the summer season. In such cases, it's best to choose sunscreen products with an SPF of 50, such as those by La Roche.

  • Protect your eyelids and lips from the sun. If you have fair skin, these areas are even more vulnerable to the damage caused by solar rays. Always use a specially formulated sunblock for eye and lip areas, such as Total Eye Care by Dermalogica for the eyes and LipCotz SPF 45 by Fallene for the lips.

  • Check the expiration date on your sunscreen. If you have fair skin, you might be prone to allergic reactions caused by a product that is past its prime. An expired sunscreen can cause skin irritation, and the overall strength of the product may be diminished.

  • Buy a new product after 1 year if your sunscreen does not list an expiration date. You want to make sure it is at peak efficiency.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose to wear a sunscreen all year if you have fair skin. Don't wear it in the summer alone.
  • Read the Environmental Protection Agency's burning facts about sun protection, and learn how radiation can impact your skin by visiting the organization's website (see Resources below).
  • Take extra measures to apply the sunscreen correctly when you have fair skin. Rub the sunscreen liberally over areas that will be exposed to the sun.
  • Avoid wearing petroleum jelly, high-shine lip gloss and baby oil when you're out in the sun. These products attract the sun to your lips, and UV-light exposure can increase the risk of lip cancer.
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