What kind of Sunscreen works for you

Untitled-1Raj Ravi
Unprotected exposure to sun can increase the risk of affecting skin, accelerate ageing and formation of wrinkles, can make the skin saggy and lackluster. In worst cases the harmful UV rays can also cause cancer. The sunscreens are available in chemical form that absorb the UV rays and convert them into heat energy and in physical form that deflect and prevent UV rays from entering the skin. But one type of sunscreen does not work for all. Children and those with sensitive skin have specific need. The type of skin plays an important role in deciding the kind of sunscreen you use. It also depends upon how much time your skin is exposed to sun. It is also important to apply the sunscreen properly for best results. Preferably use a sunscreen with broad spectrum that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB.

Here are a few tips to use the right kind of sunscreen for better protection of your skin this summer.

If you are outside for a very short duration – a few minutes at one time that is – then a sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 is good enough. This filters out almost 93 percent of UV rays.

If you are planning to be in the sun for extended period of time than you must use sunscreen that has a broad spectrum and it must be with an SPF of 30 or 50, and preferably must be water resistant.

For children’s skin you must use a sunscreen without chemicals like Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and oxybenzone that can cause skin reactions. For kids one must use sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are known to be good for sensitive skins and are known as physical sunscreens. The sunscreens for kids are usually designed with colourful packaging. Oil-free formula made using natural ingredients can be tried so that kids do not resist applying it. Be careful while using on face and avoid eyes.

Those with allergy-prone skin must avoid sunscreens which have fragrance and should ensure PABA and oxybenzone are not part of the ingredients. You too can use creams that contain physical sunscreens.

Those with acne should specifically avoid greasy sunscreens. However, if you are using anti-acne creams – that might make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays and hence sunscreen is more important. What works for you is usually gel-based sunscreen with alcohol.
For those with dry skin – look out for moisturizing sunscreens that usually contain lanolin, oils etc.

For very fair skin sunscreens with SPF of 30+ is what is needed. On the other hand, people with dark-skin who think they are not affected by sun are gravely mistaken. They must use a sunscreen of SPF 15+.
For people who stay outside for more hours, remember to re-apply sunscreen generously every two hours atleast, especially if you are sweating a lot.

It is a misnomer if you think elderly people do not need sunscreen. At every age skin must be protected from dangerous UV rays.

 

UVA and UVB.

Here are a few tips to use the right kind of sunscreen for better protection of your skin this summer.

 If you are outside for a very short duration – a few minutes at one time that is – then a sunscreen with SPF

(Sun Protection Factor) of 15 is good enough. This filters out almost 93 percent of UV rays.

 If you are planning to be in the sun for extended period of time than you must use sunscreen that has a

broad spectrum and it must be with an SPF of 30 or 50, and preferably must be water resistant.

 For children’s skin you must use a sunscreen without chemicals like Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and

oxybenzone that can cause skin reactions. For kids one must use sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium

dioxide that are known to be good for sensitive skins and are known as physical sunscreens. The sunscreens

for kids are usually designed with colourful packaging. Oil-free formula made using natural ingredients can

be tried so that kids do not resist applying it. Be careful while using on face and avoid eyes.

 Those with allergy-prone skin must avoid sunscreens which have fragrance and should ensure PABA and

oxybenzone are not part of the ingredients. You too can use creams that contain physical sunscreens.

 Those with acne should specifically avoid greasy sunscreens. However, if you are using anti-acne creams –

that might make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays and hence sunscreen is more important. What works

for you is usually gel-based sunscreen with alcohol.

 For those with dry skin – look out for moisturizing sunscreens that usually contain lanolin, oils etc.

 For very fair skin sunscreens with SPF of 30+ is what is needed. On the other hand, people with dark-skin

who think they are not affected by sun are gravely mistaken. They must use a sunscreen of SPF 15+.

 For people who stay outside for more hours, remember to re-apply sunscreen generously every two hours

atleast, especially if you are sweating a lot.

 It is a misnomer if you think elderly people do not need sunscreen. At every age skin must be protected

from dangerous UV rays.

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