How to select the right sunscreen for your skin type.
Nivea Sun brand manager Katy Moore explains how to go about selecting the right sunscreen for your skin type.
‘The Minimal Erythemal Dose (MED) – the time one can be exposed to UV rays until the first reddening of the skin sets in – can be extended through the use of sunscreen with SPF protection,’ explains Katy. ‘MED is strongly dependent on skin type, as shown in the Nivea Sun chart below.’
|Skin Type||Description||Maximum MED unprotected||Product to use||Possible sun exposure for skin type|
|Children’s skin||Thinner than adult’s skin, so UVA rays can penetrate the deeper lying skin layers. The skin’s most important UV-protection (the ability to tan) is slower and not intensively formed.||±5min||SPF 50+ lotion/ spray||3 – 5 hours|
|Very sensitive skin||Exposure to the sun will result in an over-sensitive reaction of the skin. Skin prone to allergy that manifests itself in the form of a rash and blisters, accompanied by itching.||±5min||SPF 50/ 50+ lotion/ spray||3 – 5 hours|
|Very fair skin||Burns easily, never tans. Sensitive, very pale skin, blonde or fair, blue or grey eyes and freckles. Redness disappears with no tan remaining.||±10min||SPF 50/ 50+ lotion/ spray||3 – 5 hours|
|Fair skin||Pale skin, blonde or dark-blonde hair, blue, green or grey eyes and tends to have freckles. The skin burns easily with little tanning.||±15min||SPF 50/ 50+ lotion/ spray||4 – 6 hours|
|Normal skin||Lightly tanned skin, brown eyes, blonde to brunette coloured hair and no freckles. Skin burns rarely, becomes brown quickly.||±20min||SPF 30 lotion/ spray||3 – 6 hours|
|Dark skin and ethnic skin||Brown, black or olive coloured skin and dark eyes. Become brown very fast and hardly ever get sunburnt.||±30min||SPF 30 lotion/ spray||4 – 7 hours|
|Very dark pre-tanned skin||Non-sensitive, pre-tanned skin. For deep tanning only.||±30min||SPF 6 spray. Low protection||2 – 3 hours|