Sunscreen: A Man’s Guide to Buying

Sunscreen: A Man’s Guide to Buying

Dude, sunscreen is confusing. We get it. But, it’s still extremely important for your health and your overall look. So, here’s how to evaluate what sunscreen products you need.

Sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays.

Well, broad spectrum sunscreen does. Always buy a broad spectrum sunscreen because otherwise you might only be protected from UVB rays. UVB rays cause short-term damage, like burns while UVA has longer-lasting effects like elevating your risk for skin cancer. So, always use a broad spectrum product to protect yourself from both.


All sunscreens are marketed around their SPF number. But, nobody actually knows what SPF really is. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation. SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and it’s measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. So, what do the numbers mean? It’s how long you can stay out in the sun while still protecting yourself from the rays.

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If you’re wearing SPF 15 you can stay out 15 times longer in the sun then you could’ve if you weren’t wearing sunscreen without getting burned.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends always using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher – SPF 30 or higher for extended stays outdoors.

What about water-resistance?

The term water-resistant indicates how long a sunscreen will be effective if you’re sweating or wet. Which, if you’re out in the sun, is usually the case! So look for a water-resistant sunscreen and save yourself the hassle.

You need three types of sunscreen.

No. There is not a 3-in-1 product you should use for sun protection. Different parts of your body need different types of protection.

Protect your face in your daily routine.

You’ll need some sort of sunscreen to use on your face daily. Often it’s built in to your moisturizer or other every day skincare products. You can also buy facial sunscreen. If you order a subscription-service, like Man Bundle, they’ll send you SPF products to use on your face every month.

Don’t forget about your lips.

Nobody wants to kiss sunburnt, dry lips. But don’t worry you don’t need to put actually liquid sunscreen on them. Just purchase a chapstick with SPF 15 or higher and you’re set.

Full-body sunscreen for active wear.

This is the sunscreen you’ll take with you on outdoor adventures, work-outs or extended beach stays. Apply it everywhere, every 2 hours. Also, don’t skimp out. Go for broad spectrum, 30 SPF, and water-resistant formulas.

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