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Top essential and simple facts about sunscreen in your skin care regime.

As summers are around the corner and we all know the hazards of harmful sun rays on the skin. We also know that sunlight is the main source of UV rays.

To protect our skin from the harmful Ultraviolet rays, it is essential to incorporate sunscreen in our daily skin regime. The spectrum rays (UVA and UVB ) are the main culprit that causes a threat of skin cancer, tanning and also fastens the process of skin ageing.

There are 3 main types of UV rays:

UVA rays age skin cells and can damage their DNA. These rays are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.

UVB rays have slightly more energy than UVA rays. They can damage skin cells’ DNA directly, and are the main rays that cause sunburns.

UVC rays have more energy than the other types of UV rays, but they don’t get through our atmosphere and are not in sunlight. They are not normally a cause of skin cancer.

What are sunscreens

Sunscreen, also known as sunblock, sun cream or suntan lotion, is a lotion, spray, gel, foam or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and thus helps protect against sunburn. Diligent use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles, moles and sagging skin.

Definition Source: Wikipedia.

Things to consider while choosing a sunscreen

While selecting a good sunscreen, make sure to select a good brand, especially the organic brand which is safe to be used on the skin.

Sunscreen should be at least SPF 30+ and if you are mostly outdoors it is advised to use with the higher SPF rating.

Always do a patch test on the wrist to check if the product suits the skin and cause no allergic reactions. If it causes any rash, irritation or allergy, discontinue and consult a good dermatologist.

Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to stepping out of your house because the product takes time to get fully observed by the skin.

Re-apply every 2 hours because the product gets removed easily due to sweat or due to sweat or water contact.

Apply sunscreen daily especially between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as in these hours the sun is at its peak.

You may need sunscreen in summers as well as winters because the harmful rays persist in all seasons. In fact, even on a cloudy day and when indoors. The harmful rays can even enter through the glasses of windows and cause damage to the skin.

Apart from facial skin, sunscreen should be applied to other exposed body parts like hands, neck, feet, ears.

Use sunscreen after applying day cream or moisturizer.

Source:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection/what-is-uv-radiation.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet

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