Written By

Cara Hunt

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As much as everyone wants to get a tan when the sun is out, it’s essential to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. There was a time when factor 15 suncream was known to offer a sufficient amount of protection under the majority of conditions, but in recent years, more protection is recommended to avoid burning. So, what is the best factor of suncream for your skin type? Read on to discover what you should be using to protect your skin during these glorious summer months.

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Why Wear Suncream?

There are multiple reasons why you may need to wear a higher factor suncream, the main one being your skin type. Understanding what skin complexion you have and how prone you are to burn will help you decide which factor to use. Let’s take a look at what is the best factor of suncream for your skin.


What is the Best Factor of Suncream?

Very Fair - If you have very fair skin, it’s likely that you always burn easily and never get a tan from your time in the sun. For this reason, you should be wearing a suncream with a factor 30 - 50+.

Fair - Having fair skin means that you still burn easily but you may get a minimal tan from sitting in the sun. You will still need a factor 30 - 50 factor.

Light - Having light skin means that you still burn moderately, but you can build up a tan. A low factor of between 15 - 30 is advised and its essential to continue to apply suncream even when you begin to get a tan.

Medium - When you have a medium skin tone, you’re likely to tan really well and only burn minimally. It is still important to apply suncream with a factor between 6 - 15 avoid any skin damage while working on your tan.

Dark - Although people with dark skin will rarely burn, it’s still vital that they apply sun cream to avoid skin damage. Using a low factor between 2 - 10 will help prevent harmful UV rays and avoid dangerous conditions such as skin cancer.


The factor number is identified by the efficiency of the lotion, an SPF -30 for example, will allow around 1/30 of the suns burning rays through to your skin. Being overly cautious the first few days of a holiday or being in the sun will help you to grasp the quantity and how often you need to apply.


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How Often Should You Apply Suncream?

Regardless of skin tone, reapplying suncream every 2 hours as a minimum will significantly reduce the likeliness of sunburn or skin damage. Even with waterproof sun care products, it's important to check your skin to see if it feels dry in between applications.

In hotter climates, it might be a good idea to apply your suncream more. If you’re using an oil-based suncream product, your skin may feel nourished even when you need to re-apply. When this is the case, try re-applying your suncream every couple of hours or so to prevent any sun damage.

So, now you’ve got a good idea on what is the best factor suncream for your skin, you can get outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather. And remember, bring your Trtl travel pillow with you for the journey!


For any information about any of our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help!



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