Stock up sunscreens with SPF 50? In this economy? Apparently, yes.

Remember those carefree childhood days when sunscreen was just another sticky layer your mom slathered on before shoving you out the door? Yeah, adulthood hits different. Now, sunscreen isn’t just about avoiding a lobster-like tan (although, let’s be honest, that’s still a perk). It’s a full-blown defense system against wrinkles, sunburns, and even skin cancer.


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Here in the UAE, where the summer sun could put a dragon to shame (seriously, how has it already reached 49°C this year?), sunscreen takes on a whole new level of importance.

So ditch the “adulting is hard” mentality and grab that SPF 50, because here’s why it’s your new summer BFF:

Sunblock Like a Boss: Why SPF 50 Matters

Think of SPF as your skin’s tiny bodyguard. The number tells you how much protection it offers from UVB rays, the sneaky devils that cause sunburn and contribute to skin cancer. SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, which is great for most places. But the UAE? We need a superhero, not just a good bodyguard. That’s where SPF 50 steps in, blocking a whopping 98% of those UVB rays.

Here’s the thing: even a small difference in protection can make a big difference for your skin, especially under the relentless UAE sun. Plus, SPF 50 also offers some protection against UVA rays, the ones that cause premature aging and wrinkles (not exactly the souvenir we’re looking for from a summer vacation).

Sunscreen 101: Applying Like a Pro

Okay, so you’ve grabbed your SPF 50, ready to conquer the sun. But hold on there, sunscreen cowboy! Applying it correctly is key. Here’s the lowdown:

Be generous: Don’t skimp! Most people only apply about half the recommended amount of sunscreen. Aim for a good, even layer on all exposed skin, including your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet.
Don’t forget the sneaky spots: We’re talking your lips (get a lip balm with SPF!), your eyelids (be gentle!), and even the tops of your hands.
Reapplication is your friend: Sunscreen breaks down over time, especially with sweat and swimming. Reapply every two hours, and more often if you’re sweating or in the water.

Sunscreen: Your Summer Essential

Let’s face it (pun intended), sunscreen isn’t the most exciting part of summer. But it’s the difference between enjoying those long days outside and ending up with a face that looks like a map. So, embrace the SPF 50, apply it religiously, and get out there. Your future skin will thank you.

8 EW-approved sunscreens with SPF 50 to stock up this summer:

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