If you reading this post, it means you already know that sunscreen is a vanity necessity in today's world. But the innumerable sunscreen's available in the market and the different factors like SPF's, PA++ etc make it hard to choose a sunscreen depending on our needs.
The Harmful Rays
Understanding the types of harmful UV rays helps us to choose sunscreen in a better way. So, here is a little briefing.
- UVA: These rays are responsible for Aging and are always present in the atmosphere irrespective of the season and the weather. They are capable of penetrating through clothes and glasses as well.
- UVB: These rays are responsible for Burning. Unlike, UVA the strength of UVB rays is dependent on the season, weather and time. These rays are more prominent during summers and also during mid afternoons.
Measuring Sun Protection
Types of Sunscreen
Physical Sunscreen: These sunscreens form as a film on the skin surface without getting absorbed into the skin. This film either reflects the rays or absorb the rays into the sunscreen itself but prevents the UV rays touching the skin.The active ingredients are Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide.
Chemical Sunscreen: Unlike physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens get absorbed into the skin and deactivate the sunlight that touches the skin. Active ingredients are Benzones, Aminobenzoic acid and Cinnamates.
- Choose a Broad-Spectrum sunscreen i.e. a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
- A sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15 and with PA+++ should be used daily .
- Sunscreen should always be re-applied for every 3-4 hours.
- Hate the whitish cast of sunscreens? Avoid physical sunscreens and choose a chemical sunscreen i.e. choose sunscreens with active ingredients as Benzones, Aminobenzoic acid and Cinnamates.
- If you have oily skin or acne troubles, then choose powdered sunscreens like mineral makeup. Gel sunscreens also offer good sun protection without any greasiness.
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