10 things to look out for before buying a sunscreen

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10 things to look out for before buying a sunscreen

With summer on the way, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburns and harmful UV rays. Sunscreens protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun which cause early ageing and wrinkles. You might come across the word ‘SPF’ written on your sunscreen which stands for Sun Protection Factor. However, it is a bit difficult to tell which brand to pick. There are so many different sunscreens in the market that it can be tough to choose, especially since many brands do not offer full spectrum protection. Some brands of sunscreen even contain harmful chemicals that can be just as dangerous as the UV rays.

Sunscreens not only prevent the skin from tanning, but mainly help guard ourselves against skin burns, photoageing, wrinkling pigmentation problems, etc., and in extreme cases, even skin cancer. In fact, sunscreens should be used all through the year, and even during monsoons. The skin must be protected with a sunscreen that provides protection from both ultraviolet A and B rays of the sun.

  1. An SPF of 15 blocks around 94% of all UVA and UVB rays, while 30% blocks around 97%, and 45 blocks 98%.When you go to shop for the product, make sure you read the product label carefully and check that it provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Choose a higher SPF if you have a fairer skin tone, as people with lighter skin have higher chances of getting skin burns and tans.
  3. Choose the right sunscreen keeping in mind your skin tone as sunscreens are available in various shades. Choose a Sunscreen Based on your skin type.
  4. Apply the sunscreen 10-15 minutes before going in the sun, and then reapply it every three hours, if you continue being exposed to the sun.
  5. Always apply a generous amount of sunscreen on your face. Do not rub the cream while applying, just gently spread the cream on the face and neck region and allow it to settle and form a protective layer on the skin.
  6. Exposing oneself to the sun for a long period can also result in loss of moisture, and that’s where sunscreens with built-in moisturisers come in. In fact, you need to apply a moisturiser separately only of your skin is extremely dry.
  7. It is essential to apply sunscreen whenever you’re going out into the sun, not only on the face, but also on all exposed areas, especially the back of your neck and your arms.
  8. If you have acne or oily skin problems, make sure you use a sunscreen which is water-based or oil-free so that your skin pores do not clog and you do not have any breakouts.
  9. For your hands and feet, do not apply the same sunscreen that you use on your face. Rather go for a lotion which has an SPF of minimum 25. Lotions spread quickly and form a uniform protective layer over your skin to protect your skin cells from any sunray damage.
  10. Higher SPF Does Not Guarantee More Protection. The higher the number goes the less effective it is beyond that point.

To conclude, though the choice of a sunscreen is up to you, making that extra effort to research and buy one that protects your skin and saves you from dangerous side effects will pay off in the long run, resulting in beautiful and healthier skin.

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Dr.Dharti has graduated from SMPSK college, Nashik university, she has also done Masters in Alternative Medicine (Calcutta University) and Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (IGNOU). She follows the principles of Classical Homoeopathy from last 6 years and has pioneered in this field. She is also a Consultant Nutritionist and recently enhanced her skills in Skin Aesthetics and Weight Management. She is also a medical consultant with Careworld TV (Asia’s only heatlhcare channel) and has been part of many Health Education Programes.

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