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Top 5 Best Sunscreen for Hiking & Outdoor [2022 Reviews]

Normally we are advised by doctors to get sufficient sunray’s in order to get your daily required dose of vitamin D.

But we are unaware of the harmful effect it may do to our skin.

We are exposed to harmful UV rays in a much more  than the past as the Ozone layer is being depleting continuously in a much faster rate.

The vitamin D is required for our body but putting your health at risk is not a good idea.


Quick Review: Best Sunscreen for hiking

Safety concerns related to UV rays

Tanning of skin seems to a common practice in most part of Europe now a day.

Sun bathing for tanning is a healthy practice but you should aware of the fact that you are exposed to the harmful ultraviolet B rays. This can lead to a life threatening  skin diseases.

Sunscreen (also known as sunblock and suntan lotion) can protect our skin from harmful radiation coming from the sun.

 Wear  full sleeve cloths or any cloth to cover the exposed area.

hiking the mountain under sun needs sunscreen

Ingredients that makes best sunscreens

  • Titanium dioxide - Titanium dioxide absorbs ultraviolet rays
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate(OMC) - This is used to absorb UVA rays from sun. It cannot absorb UVA rays. It also has some effect in reducing the scars on the skin.
  • Avobenzone - It is used to absorb full spectrum of UVA rays. It is a oil soluble ingredient, it works by absorbing the harmful rays and converting them to energy without damaging the skin. 
  • Zinc oxide - It is used to prevent most of the skin irritation.This is must needed ingredient in a sunscreen. It absorbs, reflect and scatter most of the UVA & UVB rays that falls on the skin.
protecting under sun

Things to know before you buy a sunscreen

Apply your sunscreen before half an hour you come in contact with the sun.

While choosing one, make sure you choose the one with water proofing properties and one with SPF 20 or more.

Always go for broad spectrum sunscreen with non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic properties.  This properties not only protect your skin from harmful radiation but also safeguard from fine lines, rashes,acne and sunburn.

Review of some of the best sunscreen for hiking

Sunscreen for children

According to the outdoor activity of your child you should choose the suitable sunscreen.

Some of the lotion have a special bright tint making it easier to tell if you are covering every part of your child skin which will be exposed to sun. This special bright tint will fade to clear in a few minutes.

SPF of 15 or 30 is good. By checking the label for ingredients you will know what you are getting. Look the label and select one with Zinc oxide & Titanium Dioxide.

 Avoid using lotion that contains PABA ( para-aminobenzoic acid or 4-Aminobenzoic acid ). According to your child's outdoor activity you should reapply the sunscreen after every 2 hours or 3 hours. The chances of getting wet or dried off with a towel is possible.

Sunscreen for older people

When the skin gets older the ability of the skin to protect itself decreases. The immunity of the skin cell decreases hence chances of getting a skin cancer increases as you age.

Older people should limit their sun exposure as much as possible.

Use sunscreen with moisturising effect or use any other moisturisers to keep out the skin from dryness. Applying sunscreen on a daily basis will decrease the skin ageing process.

Older people with decreased mobility, disability or less degree of freedom of the body can choose spray-on type sunscreen.

sunscreen spray

Sunscreen for oily skin

For oily skin it is better to choose water based lotion or gel sunscreen. This type of sunscreen will not make your skin greasy. Use sunscreen with SPF 20 plus or more  for better result.

Sunscreen for dry skin

When you choose sunscreen for dry skin. It should protect skin from harmful radiations like UVA and UVB, while it should also provide appropriate moisture to the skin.

Sunscreen with moisturizer are available in the market.

Sunscreen for darker skin

There is a misconception that people with darker skin tones need no sunscreen to protect from the harmful UV rays.

While having more melanin does provide some protection but prolonged exposure of the skin under UV rays are often damages the skin and may lead to skin cancer.

Most of the darker skin people don't wear sunscreen because they don't notice the damage immediately on their skin. Darker skin people should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 15 plus or more.

Sunscreen for white skin

White skin or fair skin people are more prone to skin cancer while under the sun.

White skin people should use sunscreen with higher SPF  and should reapply after every 2 to 3 hours. Because even if it is waterproof with thicker coating the chances of getting wet or dried off with a towel is possible.

Sunscreen for skin prone to allergy, acne.

Skin prone to allergy, acne then you should consider avoiding products containing PABA or Oxybenzone, preservatives, fragrance, emollients, cinnamates and octocrylene.

Make sure you  don’t use after the expiry date. If the condition still persist then it's better to consult a doctor.

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