Here are few things that you should consider while choosing sunscreen. Though picking the most popular brand sounds easier, it may not give the desired results. Hence, follow these simple steps.
Choose cream over spray
Sunscreens are best in the form of cream rather than powder or spray. Though sprays seem to be easy to use, they don’t guarantee the desired protection. Also, powder and sprays contain nanoparticles that may enter your bloodstream and cause other complications like allergy. Use a sunscreen lotion or gel according to your skin type.
Choosing a sunscreen that has broad spectrum is very important. Almost all sunscreens protect against UVB rays. But UVA rays also cause equal damage to skin. Hence protection from UVA rays is also equally necessary. UVB rays cause skin burn and skin cancers whereas UVA also cause skin cancer and premature ageing. Hence a sunscreen that has broad spectrum is advisable.
According to dermatologists, Indian skin needs an SPF of up to 30. The sun protection factor or SPF of 15 filters around 93% of UVB rays. Higher the SPF numbers, the difference is lesser. There is no sunscreen that gives a 100% protection from UV rays. And, any sunscreen with a SPF below 15 doesn’t do much help. People with lighter skin tone will need more protection hence more SPF. But it is always advisable to decide the SPF of your sunscreen with advice from the dermatologist.
Water Resistant is not Water Proof
Summer is the time to head to beach and swimming pool as well. People tend to use a lot of `water resistant’ sunscreens to protect themselves while chilling in water. But know that there is no sunscreen that is water proof. Once you are out of water and rub your skin with towel, all the sunscreen is just gone. Which means you will have to apply the sunscreen again.
Fresher the Better
Always remember to check for the manufacturing date of the sunscreen. The ingredients in the sunscreen tend to break into different molecules even when in shelf. Hence fresher the product, better the results. Newly manufactured sunscreen products give better protections. Also, remember to discard your sunscreen if it stings you. Any sunscreen that stings your skin is definitely an old stock.
With these tips you can choose the right sunscreen and enjoy being in sun this summer.]]>