What to Look for on a Sunscreen Bottle

By Mindy Longhurst

Little things can be done daily to prevent skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen is a common way to prevent skin cancer. With so many options of different sunscreens at the store, it can be hard to sift through the bottles and find the perfect sunscreen. Below is a list of crucial labels to look for in a sunscreen bottle.


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Dermatologists recommend wearing at least SPF 15 daily and SPF 30 and above if long exposure to the sun.


Throughout the research that was conducted for this article, no major health website suggested that one brand of sunscreen is better than the other.

Throw away last year’s bottle of sunscreen

It is recommended to get a new bottle of sunscreen annually. Older sunscreen can be less effective causing the SPF power of the sunscreen to be deceptive.

Apply frequently

30 minutes before going outdoors make sure to apply about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen. Then once outdoors reapply every two hours to prevent sun damage.

Broad spectrum

UVA and UVB rays are both dangerous to the skin. The broad spectrum label on a bottle of sunscreen can protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Lotion vs. sprays

There is a constant debate between lotion and spray sunscreens. Lotions sometimes feel super greasy, while the spray sunscreens sometimes do not perform as well in conditions like wind or high ventilated areas as the lotion sunscreens. Spray sunscreen should not be sprayed directly onto the face. The spray sunscreen should be sprayed on the hands and then applied to the face.


Babies under the age of six months should avoid long exposure to the sun and should not wear sunscreen because of the sunscreen chemicals on their delicate skin.

For more information about sunscreen, please visit https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained

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