Sunscreen works miraculously for the skin, although people do not think of it as a necessity. Signs of aging such as wrinkles, pigmentation, age spots, all of it grow over a period of time. It all depends on the way you care for your skin, and one of the most important factors that you need to protect your skin from on a daily basis is the sun.
If you skip drinking water for an entire day, you’re not going to see the visible signs of damage right at that moment. If this keeps happening, you will ultimately dehydrate yourself to a point where the signs will be in abundance.
When you’re picking out your sunscreen, make sure you pick one with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that’s at least over 30, preferably at 50. Rarely will you be getting the entire protection, and if you’re spending a lot of time outside then it’s better if you get as much protection as you can.
Now according to the FDA, your sunscreen needs to be something that works for UVB (ultraviolet B) rays also. Sunscreens can’t protect you from all UV rays, but if it’s a broad spectrum then it gives you good coverage (1).
Your skin needs time to absorb the sunscreen in order to be able to protect you from these UV rays, for that reason you need to apply it 15 minutes before stepping out in the sun. Make sure you apply it in abundance because there’s no saying how much you might need it.
There is no clear-cut truth about waterproof sunscreen. While some say that waterproof sunscreen doesn’t work or isn’t anything different from normal sunscreen, there are a good group of professionals who believe it works. Waterproof sunscreen is used especially before going for a swim. There isn’t enough proof to support this but some people think it works against sweat as well.
Instead of pouring out a large amount on your hand and then applying it to your face, spread it over your hands and face directly. You’ll know exactly how much coverage you’re going to get and also none of it will be wasted by getting absorbed into the palms of your hands (2).
You need to reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours. This is extremely important if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. Sweating would deactivate the sunscreen and you’ll have to retouch. This applies even after you go swimming as well, you need to make sure to reapply after you go swimming (3).
What most people don’t hear is that sunscreen needs to be applied at least once a day when you’re at home as well. This is because there are sun rays that enter your home as well and can impact your skin. As much as our bones need sun, the rays from 10 a.m to 1 p.m are harmful to our skin in any amount. Its best to physically protect your skin by covering yourself when out in the sun, and wear protective clothing.
It’s obviously not a feasible idea to completely avoid going out in the sun, but if you know you’re going to be out for quite some time then it makes sense to be prepared for it in every way. Just because you have sunscreen doesn’t mean you forget to cover yourself and if you’re covering yourself don’t leave the sunscreen out.
In case of acne, sunscreen is usually not advised if you have active acne on your face. This causes clogging of the pores and thus can worsen your acne. It can be subscribed after the curing of acne, although if there is extreme sun exposure, a sunscreen is definitely needed. This is when protecting your skin physically comes into play because your skin is sensitive if it is going to go through acne treatment.
In anyway, sunscreen is extremely necessary for all types of skin and at all times. You need to do enough research to make sure you get the kind of sunscreen that best suits your face. It’s better to consult with your dermatologist first.
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