Sunscreen is an essential part of a UV protective skin care system along with wearing protective clothes, broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Sunscreens not just safeguard your skin from the harsh rays of the sun, but also reduce the risk of Skin Cancer and early signs of Ageing. To best deal with the sun, while taking care of skin, you must choose the best sunscreen for your body!
Here are the things to consider while finding the right sunscreen for your skin:
Broad Spectrum: A sunscreen that protects your skin from both types of destructive UV rays (UVA rays and UVB rays) is the best sunscreen to go for. In other words, always rely on a sunscreen with multi-spectrum protection for both UVA and UVB. The ingredients of a broad-spectrum protection sunscreen are Cinnamates (octylemethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), salicylates, benzophenones (oxybenzone), sulisobenzone, titanium dioxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789), zinc oxide, and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX).
SPF 15 or higher: The SPF factor rating is useful to find which sunscreen is best in protection from sunburns caused by UVB rays. The SPF multiplies the time to get skin burned by a factor of 15. For example: If it takes 10 minutes to burn your skin normally, a sunscreen with SPF 15 would extend this to around 150 minutes.
If you have a very fair skin or anyone in your hereditary suffers from skin cancer, you have to be more conscious of your skin. You must consider a sunscreen with SPF 30 at least. The SPF 30 can filter out 97% of UVB whereas SPF15 can filter out just 93% of UVB.
UVA Protection: There is no way to rate which sunscreen is apt for UVA protection, but you can determine by paying more attention to the ingredients of the sunscreen. Go for a sunscreen that has at least one of the following ingredients: Ecamsule, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Sulisobenzone, Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide.
Water & Sweat Resistance: If you love to spend your day outdoors, having a sunscreen resistant to water and sweat would be a worthy choice! The sunscreens are not water-proof, but keeps you stay away from these two for a longer period of time. According to the FDA, a water-resistant sunscreen is the one that can stay effective even after 40-80 minutes in the water. You have to reapply the sunscreen regularly for better outcomes.
Personal preference matters!: Apart from the above scientifically proven things, you must also trust your intuitions. If you don’t feel comfortable with a sunscreen, don’t use it even if it is recommended by all the skin experts and dermatologists in Delhi or other regions across the world.
Sunscreen for kids’ skin: Children have extremely sensitive skin and thus, get affected very soon. If you are choosing a sunscreen for your kid, don’t buy the one having para-aminobenzonic acid (PABA) and benzephenones such as Oxybenzone, Dioxybenzone or Sulisobenzone. For children, have the sunscreen having Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide as these ingredients hardly irritate their skin. If your kid is of just 6 months, purchase the sunscreen designed especially for children with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Sunscreen for skin problems or allergies: If you have sensitive skin or suffer from skin conditions like Rosacea, you can use sunscreens designed for children, i.e, one having Titanium dioxide or Zinc dioxide only. In case you are facing any skin allergy, avoid using sunscreens with fragrances, alcohol or preservatives.
There are various sunscreens that have the content of moisturizers so that it suits the dry or oily skin. You can try these types of sunscreens until they meet the UVA and UVB requirements as mentioned above.
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