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TERMS OF SUN PRO­TEC­TION fac­tor (SPF), go big! In re­cent years, the ex­pert-ad­vised min­i­mum SPF has shot up from 15 to 30. “SPF 30 is good, but if you’re ex­posed to sig­nif­i­cant sun­shine, you should re­ally have more on than that,” says Dr. Martin Josso, di­rec­tor of L’Oréal Sun­care. Whether you pre­fer the glide of a stick, the creami­ness of a lo­tion or the ease of a spray, the best sun­screen for you is one that you’re ac­tu­ally go­ing to use. It should also boast broad­spec­trum pro­tec­tion, mean­ing that it guards skin against UVB rays (re­spon­si­ble for sun­burns) and UVA rays (the cul­prit be­hind pre­ma­ture ag­ing and skin can­cer).

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Even the hefti­est SPF can’t do its job if ap­plied poorly. “If SPF is mea­sured ac­cord­ing to the stan­dard pro­ce­dure, an SPF 30 will pro­vide 30 times more pro­tec­tion [from sun] than bare skin,” says Dr. Josso, “but in prac­tice, we know that’s not the case. Peo­ple use a lot less than the amount used in stan­dard­ized test­ing, which is two mil­lime­tres per square cen­time­tre. Us­age per per­son varies, but the av­er­age is less than half.”

DO SWEAT IT

Is there a chance of mois­ture in your day? You’ll need sun pro­tec­tion that goes with the flow. “We found that if you ap­ply reg­u­lar sun­screen to skin that is wet, ei­ther due to wa­ter or per­spi­ra­tion, its ef­fi­cacy will de­crease dra­mat­i­cally,” says Dr. Josso. Look for prod­ucts that are tar­geted at an ac­tive life­style.

Dr. Josso helped de­velop Vichy Idéal Cap­i­tal Soleil Sport, an in­no­va­tive for­mula that can eas­ily be ap­plied to wet or dry skin and – hooray! – won’t leave tell­tale white streaks be­hind. For all sun care, reap­ply­ing ev­ery two hours is a smart move for max­i­mum ef­fi­cacy.

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