it's flaming hot outside
Summers are here! The temperatures are soaring in most parts of the country and it's time we started the summer skincare routine. One of the most important elements of summer skincare is the sunscreen. But can we just use any sunscreen that is available in the market? What type of sunscreen should one use and for how long? This depends on yours in type. So if your skin is:
Acne or allergy-prone
Avoid the chemicals! Any sunscreen that contains too many chemicals, preservatives, or artificial fragrances should be off your list. Try and use some herbal alternatives.
Use a moisturizing sunscreen. A lot of sunscreens use oils and ingredients that can help moisturize the skin.
Read the label.
You still need sunscreen. Skin tone is different from skin tan. Most people with a dark skin tone think they don't need sunscreen
but they do. People with a dark skin tone should try and use sunscreen with an SPF of 15+.
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ and look for the product description to verify if the sunscreen protects you against all types of UV rays (UVA, UVB, etc.)
You can use a sunscreen-spray. Wrinkles can make it difficult to apply sunscreen and make the surface of your skin more uneven. Hence, opt for a spray instead.
Now, what exactly is SPF?
SPF is the Sun Protection Factor, which is basically a measure of how long the sunscreen can protect your skin. SFF 30 means that when you apply the recommended amount of sunscreen, your skin will be protected for a period 30 times longer than the usual. For example, if your skin is too sensitive and usually burns within a minute, SPF 30 will protect you for 30 minutes. If your skin is mildly sensitive and usually burns within 10 minutes, SPF 30 will protect you for 300 minutes. Similarly, SFF 15 means protection for 15 times longer and SPF 100 means protection for 100 times longer.
However, SPF only measures for how long a sunscreen can protect you from UVB rays, but not UVA rays (which are equally harmful). So while sunscreens cannot completely guarantee the prevention of skin cancer, proper usage can definitely keep skin problems at bay and that applies to exposure to the sun at any time of the year, not just the summer!
Make sure you have your sunscreen on round the year!