Importance of Sunscreen in Skincare: Skincare has many categories like cleanser, moisurizer, treatment products, serum, gels, and many more. Everything that has been followed will go in vain if the main ingredient or product sunscreen is not included. Sunscreen should be the major part of your skincare routine if you really like to take care of the skin. Skin is one of the major parts that is visible in our body. When they are visible, it is our duty to protect and care for them from any kind of damage happening. You may ask, what did our mothers and grandmothers do?, they did not have this as part of their skincare regime. There is a right question and here is the answer which will justify. In our mothers’ or grandmothers” day, there was no such pollution in the surrounding, the ozone layer was quite thicker and bigger than today, they had very healthy and nutritious food, and many more are there to say. When all such things go now, it is okay to skip sunscreen. But in our case, everything is happening in a doubler manner. So, we have to take necessary steps externally to save and protect our skin.
The main role of sunscreen is to protect your skin from harsh sunrays like UVA and UVB to prevent sun damage and skin cancer problems. UVA will help in slowing your aging process and UVB will help in preventing skin burn and skin cancer problems. One more which is to be known is the SPF. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is the number that tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take if you applied the sunscreen exactly as directed compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So, if you use an SPF 30 product properly, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen. Choosing SPF 30 – SPF 50 will be perfect for Indian skin type.
Types Of Sunscreen:
There are different types of sunscreen available today like cream based, gel based, stick form, spray form, powder form, lotion based, and the cosmetic industry is still discovering to make it easy for use. When there are these many options, for sure one or another will be suitable in one way or another. When you have dry skin, preferring cream-based or lotion which helps in preventing dryness and at the same time will last longer. When you have oily skin, gel-based creams or powder forms will work better since they help in preventing the greasiness on the face. When you have combination skin, this is where the tricky part comes. Here one of the best options could to get the fuller version. If you have normal skin, then you are blessed; try and enjoy every variety.
Also there are two classifications, mineral based and chemical based sunscreens. Mineral based sunscreens sit on the top layer of the skin, acting like a physical blocker from the rays. Whereas, chemical-based based sunscreens get into the skin, absorb UV rays convert them into heat, and then release the heat from the skin. When you are using chemical-based sunscreen, it is important to apply them 20 – 30 min before you step out.
There are also tinted sunscreens with different shades available in the cosmetic industry. Even though most of us love makeup, there will be people whose skin reacts and also people who never want to use anything but look pretty good. If that is the case, tinted sunscreen will give you a slight makeup finish look, and at the same time helps in keeping your skin safer.
Is sunscreen safe during pregnancy?
It is obvious that all pregnant women would be in a confusion whether all the ingredients in the sunscreen are safe or not. Even though sunscreen is mandatory during, there are some ingredients which are to be available and considered. One of the ingredients that should be completely avoided is ‘OXYBENZONE’. They cause some sort of problem for both the mother and baby after birth. One of the safe and recommended ingredients are “ZINC OXIDE” and “TITANIUM DIOXIDE”. Most of the natural sunscreens have sinc since it is one of the safer ingredients; And this could be a perfect option to go with, if you are a mom-to-be. When there is a question like why use natural sunscreen, you can feel safe and at the same time need not worry much about reactions and problems if you have patch tested. Patch testing is nothing but taking a needed amount of any product and applying it in your neck or elbows. Wait for 24 hours and if there is no reaction, then the product is safer to be used.
Sunscreen Facts for sports person
If you are an athlete or into swimming, then some of the sunscreen tips that could help better are:
Using SPF 30+ sunscreen; Reapplying once every 3 to 4 hours; And a special note for swimmers is that there is nothing like water-based sunscreen. So make sure to reapply for taking better care of your skin. Natural sunscreen benefits the sports person since you need not wait before you step out and also make sure that they will protect and save your skin from any sort of external sun damage.
There is that three finger rule going viral all over social media sites. There is nothing like that. Take enough amount for your face and neck, and apply a very good amount, so that the entire area is covered. This will help in keeping your skin safe and secure from any kind of rays and damages. There is also hidden proof that, regular application of sunscreen also helps in treating hyperpigmentation marks that have been for years. Never miss your hands, legs, and areas that are exposed to the sun. There are a lot of people neglecting the neck and body area. Siong this mistake will project your ageing factor in a much more visible manner, because of the sagging and darkness of the neck or hands.