Your ultimate Sunscreen buying guide!

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So what to do this summer?

Don’t hibernate, get out there and enjoy it!

There are many sunscreen formulations available which prevent UVA and UVB damage, whilst providing enhanced photo-protection with anti-oxidants and soothing and hydrating botanical extracts.

Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology not only prevents UVA & UVB damage to the skin, but let’s you select sun protection that works with your skin condition.

That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas for oily skin, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitive skin.

It’s not enough to just apply a sunscreen: You must apply at least 30 mins before going out, apply enough, apply frequently.

Remember sun damage builds up over time!

How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as 2 tablespoons.

How often: Re-apply every two hours.

Tip: Protect your skin, especially between 10am – 4pm, when the UV radiation is at its strongest level.

Broad Spectrum

Protects skin from both UVA & UVB rays.

UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and is the major contributor to skin damage and wrinkles, whereas, UVB leads to sunburn and responsible for the immediate tanned look.

Exposure to UVA or UVB can contribute to the development of skin cancer – so it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for maximum protection.

Here, we help you with a list of products you can shop from.

SPF 15 or Higher

SPF15, is the lowest factor that should be applied to give relatively adequate protection, which blocks about 93% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks about 97% and an SPF 50 blocks about 98% of UVB rays.

High SPF sunscreens such as SPF 75/100, mislead people into thinking they have more protection than they actually do.

A list of products to shop from with a range of SPFs.

Water Resistant

Select a sunscreen resistant to water and sweat if you’re going to be exercising outdoors or in water.

A water resistant sunscreen is effective only for 40 minutes in the water.

Hence it is advisable to reapply at regular intervals if you’re taking a dip.

We help you with a list of ideal water resistant suncreens.

2 in 1 Suncreen

Select a moisturizer, primer, lip balm or foundation with an SPF, this will save you having to apply a separate sunscreen.

These products will also have other benefits from ingredients such as; antioxidant, peptides, Safflower oil, etc., to prevent premature skin ageing, pollution damage and providing enhanced moisturisation.

Multitasking sunscreen products to choose from.

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

It is important for people with sensitive skin to protect the delicate and inflamed skin with a physical sunscreen, which sit on the skin and reflects UV rays as opposed to absorbing the UV rays and turning it into heat.

Avoid highly fragranced sunscreens which can lead to further irritation.

Select a physical sunscreen that has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

List of sunscreens suited to sensitive skin.

By arming yourself with the right sunscreen, right sunglasses and protective clothing, you can safely enjoy outdoor activities without fear of damage to your skin later.

Data Courtesy: Avni is an International Skin Expert & Consultant to Dermalogica India and a self-professed skin care junkie.

 

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