Best sunblock

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Monday, May 26, 2014


DEAR Dr. Fritz,

I wish you a good day. I am one of your big followers. I am writing you because it's summer and I know the sun could really be harsh at this time. I wanted to buy sunblock. But, there are so many brands in the market, and I don't know which is best. I hope you could help me choose the best to get.

Thanks and more power to you and the Sun.Star family.

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Jessy K. of Lanang

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Dear Jessy K. of Lanang,

I know how confusing it can be facing all these myriad of sun block in the market today. But, don't fret, here's the help, so you can get the best for you.

Remember that the best sun block is the one that you would use every day. Next, you have to consider the following:

1. If you're sporty, go for the gels - because they stick to you even while you move about and sweat.

2. If you are prone to acne breakouts, then, get the oil-free sun block. But, if you have dry skin, then, go for the creamy ones.

3. If you have sensitive skin, avoid sun block with chemicals. So, choose sunblock with zinc oxide or titanium oxide instead.

4. If you want sunblock for your babies, again choose the ones with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. But, if your child is less than 6 months old, hide him or her from the sun as they have more sensitive skin, and can easily be irritated.

5. If you are bald, then, you can choose whatever sunblock suits your heart. You just have to make sure that you apply them all over your head. You can also wear a hat. It's what most bald people often do...hehe..and of course, you can do the best of both worlds.

6. If you are hairy, then go for sprays or gels.

You also have to apply your sunblock right. It should be 15 minutes before you go out and enjoy the sun. Give your sunblock a chance to get absorbed by your skin. Remember, if you put in on while you're out, you could sweat it off.

Now, if you want to go swimming or sweating, then, you'll need at least an ounce for your whole body every two hours to protect you from the ravages of the sun. You can also apply them again and again every time you get out of the water. But, for your face, a nickel size amount is all you need to re-apply. However, if you use the water-resistant type of sun block, be sure to check how long it can resist the waters.

Be sure to slather this much amount because if you won't, then, you take the risk of sun burn.

And please, your lips needs lip balm that has SPF 30 or more, too. Don't forget that. It's part of your face when you go out.

If you also have old sunblocks, then, check for the expiration date. If it's over, then, it's time to throw them away and replace them.

Now, go out and have fun! Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. Sorry that we cannot answer all your queries. Thanks for understanding!)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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