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Sun Protection

What does SPF mean?

Everyone knows sunburn is bad for your skin. It’s also bad for your skin’s defense system and can even cause cancer. The sun damage it causes also increases the risk of skin cancer. There’s a way to get sun protection, however, that’s simpler than sunscreen - SPF. You’ve probably heard of SPF before, but do you know what it means? We’re here to educate you on all things sunscreen and how often to reapply it to ensure maximum protection.

Best ways to protect yourself from sun

To protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, there are a few easy steps you can take. The most effective sun protection is protective clothing, such as lightweight and long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection. This type of sun protection is best for sunny days when you are likely to be exposed to the sun for a longer period.

You can also seek shade when possible and avoid exposing babies younger than 6 months to the sun’s rays. When using sunscreen, choose one with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it 30 minutes before coming in contact with the sun. To ensure even protection, make sure to use sunscreen in combination with other sun safety techniques such as slipping on sun protective clothing, slopping on broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen, slapping on a broad brim hat, and sliding on sunglasses. By taking these simple steps, you will experience optimal sun protection.

Reasons sunscreen is important for the skin

- Sunscreen is a must-have for everyone, especially for those who are light-skinned, as sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer.
- It's important to apply sunscreen every day, especially during the summer months, as exposure to the sun increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun and sunburn and skin cancer can occur more easily.
- Swimmers should apply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, since sun protection does not extend to water.
- Babies under 6 months of age are the only exception to the sunscreen recommendation and should be protected with shade structures and sun-protective clothing.
- Ensure that you're using a broad- spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Benefits of using sunscreen

Sunscreen is a type of sun protection that filters or screens the sun's ultraviolet rays. This can help reduce your overall UV exposure and lower your risk of skin cancer and sun damage. It also helps with anti-aging benefits like reduced fine lines and improved skin elasticity.

Sunblock is another type of sun protection that blocks the sun's rays from penetrating the skin by reflecting them away. It is good for people with sensitive skin who don't like the feeling of sunburn. Sunscreen should be reapplied after contact with water, after towel drying, sweating, or when it may have rubbed off. It should be reapplied every two hours as the sun can dry it off your skin.

Always follow the product instructions and use a sunscreen or sun care cream that is appropriate for protection against the sun exposure for which you are using it.

How to choose & use sunscreen

Sunscreen is important for sun protection, and it's important to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for optimal protection. It's crucial to apply sunscreen evenly and completely to shield skin from the sun's rays and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

But choosing a sunscreen that suits your skin type and needs is also essential. This is because sunburn can occur even when using sunscreen correctly, so it's vital to pay attention to factors such as SPF factor, type of protection offered by the sunscreen (e.g. water-resistant), ingredient list, and skin sensitivity.

When wearing sunscreen, it is essential to check the product label for information regarding safe sun exposure times, as this will help you avoid getting too much sun exposure or burning yourself. Also, avoid prolonged sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pmPM when the sun is at its hottest.

In addition, water-resistant sunscreen should be used if you are going to be sweating or have contact with water. Although they offer less protection from sunburn than non-water-resistant sunscreen formulas, water-resistant formulas are more convenient for those who do not like reapplying lotion frequently.

Finally, be mindful of the weather conditions when using sunscreen. If it’s sunny but windy, wear protection; if it’s cloudy but hot, stay inside; and if it’s rainy or snowy but hot, cover up with clothing instead of sunblock lotion.

How often to use sunscreen

-Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors and should be reapplied every two hours if you're outdoors, after sweating or swimming.

-Sunscreen should be applied generously and should contain a sun protection factor of 30 or higher.

-Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you have been in water, even if it's ‘water resistant,’ and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.

- Sunscreen should be applied every day on days when the UV index is forecast to be 3 or above and should be reapplied every two hours if you're outdoors.

- Sunburns can occur even with sunscreen protection. It's important to wear sunscreen every day for sun protection and to avoid sunburn.

- If sunburns occur, skin may feel hot, red, and tender. This is because sunburned skin is more prone to sun damage and inflammation.

- It's important to get professional medical advice immediately if you have a sunburn and to seek protection from the sun as soon as possible by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.

Know your sunscreen

- Wear sun protection daily to prevent skin cancer and sunburn.

- Make sure your lip balm or lipstick contains an SPF of 30 or higher.

- When sun exposure is unavoidable, use a sunscreen with an SPF of minimum of 30 protection from the sun's rays.

- If you are sensitive to sun exposure, choose a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

- Reapply sunscreen regularly, approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating. This will ensure protection against sunburn and skin damage.

Besides using sunscreen, other measures like wearing sunglasses, seeking shade, and avoiding sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm can also help prevent skin cancer.

It’s important to protect your skin from sunburn and sun-related skin damage. There are a lot of myths surrounding sunscreen that make people think that it’s not effective or safe. The best defense against sunburn is sunscreen usage. Regular sunscreen use helps prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and skin damage caused by the sun. So, for better skin health, it is important you choose the right sunscreen and use it the correct way.

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FAQs on sunscreen and skin protection

1. What is the best protection from the sun?

Ans: The best way to protect skin from the sun is to apply sunscreen before you step out.

2. Can I apply sunscreen directly on my face?

Ans: Yes, you can apply sunscreen directly on your face. But always ensure you choose the one that best suits your skin type.

3. Does sun protection really work?

Ans: Yes, if you choose the right sunscreen and apply it as directed by your dermatologist, it works as an effective sun protection.

4. Do Indians need sunscreen?

Ans: Yes, Indian skin is prone to sun damage. Thus, it is best to apply sunscreen according to the skin type.

5. Is SPF 30 enough for Indian skin?

Ans: Yes, SPF 30 is ideal for Indian skin.

6. Is SPF 30 or 50 better for daily use?

Ans: Your sunscreen should have a minimum of SPF 30. However, every skin type is different. So, ensure you talk to your dermatologist before choosing your sunscreen.

7. What type of SPF is best for the face?

Ans: Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and contains Niacinamide for the best results.

8. What is broad spectrum?

Ans: It is a term that defines protection of skin against UVA and UVB rays.

9. Am I safe from the direct sunlight?

Ans: No. Direct sunlight can affect your skin with harmful UVA and UVB rays.

10. Does SPF block vitamin D?

Ans: No, it does not.

11. Do children require special sun protection?

Ans: Yes, it must be used on children aged 6 months and above.

12. What’s the difference between photoaging and chronological skin aging?

Ans: Photoaging indicates the impact of the sun that triggers skin’s aging process. Chronological skin aging is the result of skin losing elasticity and becoming prone to wrinkles and fine lines with time.

13. Are there other ways to reduce premature aging of the skin?

Ans: Yes. Live a healthy lifestyle, keep your skin clean, and protect it with a good sunscreen.

14. Can we apply sunscreen after moisturizer?

Ans: Usually, chemical sunscreen should be applied before moisturizer and mineral sunscreen should be applied after but it’s best to check the directions mentioned on packaging or tube

15. Can I use sunscreen while pregnant?

Ans: Yes. It is safe to use sunscreen or sun care cream during pregnancy. 



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