Type of sunscreen is a key point in the application of sunscreen

Creams often leave people with a white layer that is not aesthetically pleasing to most people.
Scientist have developed lotions, gels, milks, sticks and sprays with similar sun protection to encourage the application of sunscreen.

  • Lotions and milks: The most common sunscreen available.
    These have the advantage of being cheap, easy to apply and non-drying. Disadvantage, they often leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy.
  • Creams. Many sunscreens come in both a cream and lotion (or milk) form, where the ingredients are the same, but the consistency differs – creams tend to be thicker, and come in a tube, rather than a bottle.
  • Gels. These are alcohol-based, so they will not leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy, although there may be a drying effect.
    They may be more comfortable if you have a lot of body hair.
  • Sprays. These are alcohol-based, so they are non-greasy but may dry your skin.
    They are easy to apply and great for hairy bodies – but ensure you use adequate amounts.
    There have been recent concerns voiced over the application of sprays with some of the product ‘blowing’ away and not enough of the sunscreen sufficiently reaching and protecting the skin.
  • Roll-ons. They are easy to apply to small areas, but difficult to apply evenly over a larger area.
    They are also portable and handy to keep in your bag.

Sticks. A sunscreen stick is suitable for small areas like the face. The dry formula is mess-free (although can be sticky after application) and compact enough to keep handy in your bag.

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