Whether you are pursuing coaching or attending a degree college, whether you are a homemaker or a working woman – all the time, across all age-groups your skin deserves to be pampered. Be it oily or dry, be it dusky or fair – your skin is something you cherish the most. There is only one way to express your love towards your skin is to reward it with a sunscreen, a little creamy gesture which shows that you care.
Sunscreens as we all know are more than just a cosmetic product. Unlike other beauty products it is not something that enhances the beauty quotient of your skin, but it surely retains the natural sheen of your skin. Chemistry between a sunscreen and your skin is amazing: take it out on your palms, slather it on your skin and see how it gradually dots your skin and becomes its protection shield.
Using a sunscreen is essential before you step out of your home since it protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. These harmful rays sink deep within your skin and develop wrinkles, leading to ageing skin. Another detrimental effect it has on the skin is a threat of skin cancer. Skin cancer is caused mostly because of exposure to harmful Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays. We travel a lot and hence, it is crucial for us all to use a sunscreen so that it protects us against these rays.
So go, choose a right sunscreen for your skin. Here’s the guide to making the perfect choice:
- The most rudimentary factor to be seen in a sunscreen is its SPF count. SPF count is nothing but a sunscreen’s Sun Protection Formula which prevents sunburn caused by UVB rays. UVB rays are Ultra Violet B rays are the major reasons of sunburn and skin tanning. If the SPF count of a sunscreen is 15, it blocks about 94% of UVB rays and if the count is 30 it blocks 97% of UVB rays. SPF count that is more than 30 blocks about 98% of UVB rays.
- Another vital ingredient is broad-spectrum protection. Broad-spectrum protection shields skin from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Ultra Violet A rays are is the main factor behind prematurely ageing skin, wrinkles and spots on the skin. There are many ingredients that form the broad-spectrum protection which includes benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). All these ingredients block those damaging UVA rays.
- Third factor to be considered while buying a sunscreen is its water resistance count. Normally any sunscreen loses its effect after two hours of application on the skin. Being inside water or sweating hard will require the use of sunscreen more often.
- If you are looking to buy a sunscreen for kids, these above-mentioned ingredients of a sunscreen are not advisable. Since a kid’s skin is different from adults, these adult sunscreens would easily irritate them because of its strong chemical content. So when buying a sunscreen for a kid, avoid those with para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzephenones like dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone. A kid’s sunscreen should have ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They protect a kid’s skin against the harmful rays of the sun.
- If your skin is too sensitive or too oily, it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist so as to get accurate suggestions on the usage of sunscreens.
To sum it up, a sunscreen is a part of your daily routine as the sun shines over you – bright and nice. Make sure that you partner a right sunscreen for that right chemistry between your skin and sunscreen.