Different types of sunscreens are just hitting the market. The summertime has begun and the sun is finally over our head. Tanning may look stylish to you but if you continue to get exposed to the sun without any protection, you may have serious skin problems like burned skin, dryness and itching. Our skin is very sensitive and if we don’t want to have a rough and wrinkled skin we need to have a good sunscreen lotion.
Before buying the sunscreen just think that which sun blocker will give you the most bang for your buck. The higher the SPF, the better protection you will get against sun’s harmful rays. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) let you how long the sunscreen lotion will stay effective on your skin after applying. If you want to see how it works, multiply the SPF by how long it takes your skin to normally burn without any protection when exposed to sun.
For example: if it takes 10 minutes for you to burn, an SPF 15 will allow you to stay out in the sun for 150 minutes without burning.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 is suggested but research tells that an SPF 30 will give you more protection during the day. Also, you should apply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or maybe more depending on your routine.
There are two types of sun blocks available:
Chemical Sunscreen: They can absorb the Ultra Violet rays but at the same time bear the risk of developing different types of cancers.
Physical Sunscreens: They have active elements that reflect the injurious rays away from your skin.
Look for constituents like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, red petrolatum or talc. These are commonly used in physical sunscreens and helps in protecting the skin without any side effects.
You can go for any of the below sunscreens depending upon your skin tone:
Water and Sweat Resistance: If you do lot of exercise or swimming, you should go for this kind of sunscreen. In this, the SPF level stays effective for 40 minutes in the water. Very water resistant means it’s effective after 80 minutes of swimming. These sunscreens are not water-proof, so apply them after short intervals.
Kid-friendly Sunscreen: The skin of kids and children is very sensitive, so keep off sunscreens with para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzephenones like dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone. Kid’s sunscreens have lesser chemicals that are less likely to harm the skin, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Sunscreen for Skin Problems or Allergies: Those who have sensitive skin or are allergic, they can use the sunscreen made for children. Try to avoid sunscreens with alcohol, fragrances or preservatives.
Happy Summer Time 🙂