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Sunscreen 101

I started with my skin care when i was 22 year old and sunscreen was the most neglected one. But how i regret it now. Hyper pigmentation was the term i was not at all aware of but signs of pigmentation was all over my face. Then i started to use some face cream with SPF and then i could see my skin looking better than before. And then there was no turning back. I only grew more concerned and started to invest time, effort and MONEY 🙂 on skin care.

Sunscreen

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Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing are ofcourse essential but you know what there are so many DIY at home remedies for these. But there is one thing you cannot DIY and i.e. Sunscreens. It is as essential as cleansing your face before heading to bed. So now i am going to list 10 facts about sunscreen you might or might not be aware of.


Do The Maths

Well i am not asking to join a math class. Firstly SPF is something which is labelled in almost all sunscreen available on counters. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and it ranges from number 2 to 50 and now few brands claim SPF 100 and more. So let me tell you what those numbers actually indicate.
SPF 10 means you can stay in the sun about 10 times longer without burning than you could without sunscreen. So if you are using Sunscreen SPF 30 then it simply means that it will protect you for 300 minutes and might have to reapply after 300 minutes as per the sun exposure. But, no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays.

 

SPF is not the only thing that will protect your skin

When looking for sunscreen don’t depend only on SPF, there are other things you need to check for. You will need protection from both type of  sun’s UV rays i.e. UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays damages your skin from within and triggers aging whereas UVB rays causes tan or sunburn on the surface of your skin.  So the thing to look for is “Broad Spectrum” as it will protect you from both.

 

No sunscreen is 100% water proof or sweat proof

So many sunscreens available on counters claim that they are water proof or sweat proof but it cannot be 100% so. But it can be water resistant which simply means it will resist water for sometime. So watch out for such claims and reapplying the sunscreen is essential even in pool or beach.

 

Sunscreen is essential 365 days a year 🙂

Irrespective of weather, it is very essential to apply sunscreen round the year. Infact, even if you are indoor as some rays do manage to escape through those huge lovely windows.

 

There are 2 types of sunscreen. Which one should you pick?

Chemical and physical are the 2 types sunscreen.

Physical Sunscreen

  • These types protect your skin from sun by blocking sun rays.
  • They are also known as inorganic sunscreen
  • Starts working immediately after the application
  • You can identify if it is physical sunscreen by looking for following ingredient on the label
    • Titanium dioxide (TiO2)
    • Zinc oxide (ZnO)

Chemical Sunscreen

  • These types protect your skin by absorbing the sun rays.
  • Aka Organic sunscreen
  • You have to wait for 20 mins to step out after the application
  • You can identify if it is chemical sunscreen by looking for following ingredient on the label
    • Octylcrylene
    • Avobenzone
    • Octinoxate
    • Octisalate
    • Oxybenzone
    • Homosalate
    • Helioplex
    • 4-MBC
    • Mexoryl SX and XL
    • Tinosorb S and M
    • Uvinul T 150
    • Uvinul A Plus

Is this not enlightening?? 🙂 Well let me tell you something more

Do you know the downside of not applying sunscreen?

It will start with sunburn then further damages your blood vessels. Damage will  worsen your skin by making it dry, flaky, discoloured, leathery and wrinkly. It can also lead to skin cancer.

 

So people do not ignore that SPF. You never know, it might save you from spending some expensive anti-aging treatment. SPF is always worth it.

 

 

 

 

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