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Know your sunscreen and skin type.

Updated on April 17, 2016

Some questions

Are you using your sunscreen correctly?

How should it be applied over your body parts and when it should be applied?

What is SPF?

What is the best suited SPF for you?

These are some of the questions, that must come across your mind, next time you go out to buy any sunscreen. Guys, we all have to go out in sunlight at some time of the day. And in the ongoing summer time, its really become necessary to protect the delicate skin of ours from the scorching heat of the sunlight. Now, in this article I would like to make you all comfortable about the sunscreen by answering all the above questions. So....

Are you sure of the usage of the sunscreen in correct manner? Are you sure of quantity of the sunscreen over your body?

This question looks absurd, when someone points you for your beautification process. Normally, we apply sunscreen before going out in sun and just feel relaxed that we have done absolutely correct. Now the job of protecting us from the sunlight is of the sunscreen lotion. But friends, every single entity on this planet comes with an endurance and a life span. And so the sunscreen lotion. It also has a particular time period up to which it can provide protection against harmful UV rays.

Sunscreen should be applied thoroughly over your exposed body parts. If someone has thin hairs, then it should be applied on the scalp also. The quantity of sunscreen to applied again depends on the outdoor activity and clothing. The sunscreen lotion is generally applied on the exposed body parts. If your clothes are protective of the sunlight then it looks good to apply only on the body parts. There are clothes which are tightly woven, those clothes may not require additional protection against sunlight. But, do not only depend on the clothing fabrics. If you are in sunlight for most of the day, then it becomes necessary to apply sunscreen even under your clothes. You can find sun protective clothing online that provides protection against harmful UV rays.

When it should be applied?

  • First of all, the question comes, the timing of the sunscreen lotion to be applied before going out in sun. Mineral sunscreen can be applied just before you go out in the sun. However, other sunscreen lotions must be applied 20 minutes before you are expected to go out in the sun.
  • To apply sunscreen correctly, one should have a general idea of one’s activity of the day. Sunscreen lotion breaks down when comes in contact with sunlight. So, if you are indoors all the time, then its sufficient to apply only once in the morning.
  • If your day’s activity involves your most of the time in sunlight, then its recommended to apply every two hours. You can advance it by another 30 minutes if you are sweating profusely or swimming.
  • If women applying make- up and needs to go out in the sun. You need to apply it 5 minutes before putting any foundation. This will give some time for the sunscreen to settle down in the pores of the skin. While applying foundation, make sure you don’t apply it in downwards motion and never use any rubbing or back-forth motion. Apply it in a smooth and light manner.
  • Generally, we take out the sunscreen lotion only when the sun is out and at its peak. Even in the rainy season, you can feel the sun through cloud cover. So, i would say to use sunscreen all the time when you are outside under the open sky.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protective Factor. It ranges form 2-50. The rating generally gives us the idea of the strength of the lotion to protect us against UV and UB rays. In simple words, it refers to the time frame one can remain in sun after applying a particular sunscreen lotion without any harm form UVB rays of sunlight. If your skin becomes itchy or red within 15 minutes of receiving sunlight. Then after applying a sunscreen of SPF 15, your protection against sunlight gets multiply by 15 to approximately 225 minutes. Again, this does not specify to use higher SPF sunscreen lotion. You can apply lower SPF lotion and can get desired results, if applied in sufficient quantity. Below is the difference of protection factor from UV rays of the sunlight

SPF 15 protects 93% of the UVB rays.

SPF 30 protects 97% of the UVB rays.

SPF 50 protects 98% of the UVB rays.

The SPF scale is definitely not linear. Different strength of SPF provides different protection. This does not mean that one should go for higher SPF for better protection. It all depends on your quality and quantity of usage, clothing and outdoor activity. So, choose wisely next time you are in store.

Best suited sunscreen for you?

People with history of severe acne and skin sensitivity or allergies should avoid using sunscreen. They can apply sunscreen under medical supervision.
For dry skin, there are number of moisturizer sunscreen available in the market.

For dark skinned people, it feels that they do not need sunscreen. The dark skin people who tan easily or otherwise even the fairer people should use sunscreen. Tanning is the result of DNA damage caused by harmful UV and UB rays of sunlight. So, it becomes necessary to protect ourselves from tanning. For those skin types, titanium based sunscreen can be very helpful in retaining original shade.

Even for old people, it is necessary to use sunscreen. Over exposure to sun can cause skin cancer and other related allergies or diseases. So, its better to take precautions against harmful UV and UB rays. They can use any branded sunscreen for all skin types. Finally, it is advised to take care of your skin against any unnatural changes to look smart for everyone.

Protection against harmful effects of UV and UB rays not only involves a good sunscreen lotion. It also tells us for a good protective clothing, healthy lifestyle, eating habits to assist the body in overcoming harmful effects of sunlight.

I hope that i have answered all the questions that could come across your mind while purchasing a sunscreen lotion. So, next time if you go for a sunscreen lotion. Please, consider all that you have gained in this article.


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