2020 summer is hotter than ever! Skin troubles besides this hot and humid weather are just an addition.
Wear your sunscreen- This is not up for debate!
I know finding the best and suitable sunscreen is a daunting task. Plus, they are not truly loved due to a reason. Sunscreens are negatively stigmatized to be greasy, chalky, and feel like a layer on the skin. A number of researchers are working on fabricating a sunscreen that works effectively and makes you feel good.
Wait. Pause. Here is good news for you! As we are stepping into the advanced generation, researchers are working on formulating sunscreens with formulas that reverse your feel of smearing up.
It is normal for us to visit dermatologists and ask for their recommendations to keep our skin safe this scorching summer. To save your visits and hassle to narrow down to choosing one ideal sunscreen for you, here is how you can choose that ONE sunscreen for yourself.
Learn the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen
Mineral Sunscreen acts by forming a layer on your skin and protecting it from harmful UV rays. Whereas the chemical sunscreen works by getting absorbed in the skin and converting all the harmful UV rays into heat. You can differentiate among these by peeking at the ingredient label.
The ingredients associated with the chemical sunscreen is toxic to our body; related to prolonged health issues. Depending upon what your skin can handle, choose your sunscreen.
Note- Each Chemical and Mineral sunscreen carries individualized benefits.
Find your SPF
Just as no formula fits one-and-all, SPF is yet another factor to be considered while you are purchasing a sunscreen. For instance, an SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB; SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB; and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB. Even more, there are some sunscreens in the market that protect from the harmful rays of electronic gadgets like HEV rays. Though the differences are negligent, people with skin burn issues or having a history of sunburn can experience a great deal of difference.
Coat a shot glass full of sunscreen half on your entire body half an hour before stepping out in the sun. Also, choose the products that are water-resistant up to a certain time ( generally it is up to 80 minutes). Therefore, make sure to re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours at least.
Note- Accompany your sunscreen with protective clothing to achieve better results.
Study Your Skin Type
Sunscreens can be a concern for people with oily or acne-prone skin. Well, try to find a sunscreen that is labeled as 'non-comedogenic'. This implies that the product is effective in not blocking your skin pores. On the other hand, if your skin is on the drier side of the scale, then look for moisturizer-based sunscreen. Thus, achieve skin protection and hydrate your skin at the same time.
Note- A sensitive skin needs physical sunscreen constituting two main ingredients- titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Choose Mode of Application
The options for sunscreen are no more limited to the topicals- the creams. Rather, sprays, lotions, sticks, and gels are in the market too. And, they are as effective as those old-school sunscreen lotions. Now, it all comes down to your personal preference.
The noteworthy point here is that if you know the proper use of sunscreen you already have, that is the best sunscreen- until you face skin issues. As said earlier, use sunscreen cream of the same amount as that of a shot glass, and remember to use it every two hours. While, if you use sunscreen spray, then spray it on your face and apply it on your face with your fingers for uniform application.
Note- Sprays and Powder Sunscreens are mineral sunscreen.
Brand and Details
Lastly, you should be serious about the brand you choose. Remember, it is your skin protection we are talking about; so, do not be lenient. Check brands certified by the renowned and respective governing bodies.
Additionally, do not forget to check the date of the manufacturer, and the expiry date of the product.
The ideal sunscreen is the one that you utilize. Purchase a sunscreen that keeps your skin healthy, beautiful, and young. However, do not end up picking anyone from the store shelf. Look at each sunscreen product, compare and choose the ideal one for you.
How are you keeping yourself safe in the sun? Let us know your approach to buying sunscreen.