Sunscreen is now an essential component of any skin care routine. Known for its multitasking attributes, sunscreen is extremely effective in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, arresting sunburns, and shielding against early aging, wrinkles and sun spots. But, beyond its clinical efficacy, sunscreen is also extremely effective in making you look youthful and agile.
More than arms and legs, it is the face that remains frequently exposed to the sun and needs protection with sunscreen every day. However, selecting the best sunscreen for your face remains a challenge. Figuring out the right level of SPF coverage and ingredients, often turns out to be tiring. Moreover, the sheer abundance of skincare products and trends in the market makes the job all the more vexing.
To make your sunscreen shopping less confusing, we have enlisted few pointers on how to identify the best sunscreen for your lovely face.
Consider SPF ratings before selecting your sunscreen
SPF rating is imperative for protection against UVB rays and SPF 30 is considered best for tropical climates, especially during summers. Protection against UVA rays is indicated by PA rating. More the number of +’s before the PA on a sunblock product, better the protection. However do keep in mind that the SPF in your make-up is never enough to act as your sunscreen. Even if you get one that does have SPF 30 or above, it cannot act as a proper sunblock product.
The age old belief that UVA rays cause temporary damage and UVB rays increase skin cancer risks has now been refuted by doctors and today we known that both rays are equally harmful. Taking a cue from this, the skin care brands have flooded the market with products having a broad spectrum, indicating safeguard against both UVA and UVB rays and ensuring the right kind of protection.
Your skin type matters in selection of your sun-block cream
Dermatologists now recommend homemade sunscreen with natural ingredients as the best sunscreen for your face. This is primarily because the chemical ones can cause irritation for sensitive skins. If you have a sensitive skin, the best sunscreen for you is the one with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are known for not causing burns or stings in the eyes.
Start with using sunscreen before applying makeup and if necessary reapply it over the makeup. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, be meticulous about buying sunscreen for oily skin only. The sunscreens for oily skin are generally labeled as oil-free or noncomedogenic. Also, Sun-block products with non-comedogenic formulas are best as they do not block your pores.
Best sunscreen for dry skin will be moisturizers or sunscreen lotion that contains hydrating ingredients but devoid of annoying constituents like fragrance. Also, while buying a sunscreen for dry skin test it on your arm, before applying it on your face.
Sunscreens with antioxidants will work wonders if you have evident sun damage marks on your face. Other than enhancing your skin, such a products will also prevent more damage.
Waterproof sunscreen is a myth
Sunscreens with ‘water resistant’ written on them are a common sight. However, it is a myth as no sunscreen can be water or sweat proof. Such products can only mean that the sunscreen will last longer than others. Skincare experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every two to three hours, for best results and complete protection.
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Lotion, spray, stick, gel – as you like it!
From sunscreen lotion, to gel, spray and stick - sunblock products come in diverse forms and shapes. However, all of these are essentially identical and opting amongst them is a matter of your personal penchant. Whatever the type, remember to always use sunscreen in required amount for sufficient protection. Besides, make it a habit to use sunscreen with higher SPF as it gives adequate protection, even when not applied sufficiently. You must apply sunscreen on your hair too.
Though a vital ingredient in your skin care regiment, it is important to know that sunscreen alone cannot protect you from adverse effects of the sun. It is equally important to take other preventive measures like wearing hats, shades, and clothes that doesn’t expose much of your skin and most importantly to always look for a shade. Last but not the least, it is always best to apply sunscreen throughout the year.
Follow these smart tips and put your sunny side up!!