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Read This and You Won’t Be Skipping Your Sunscreen Anymore

There are certain things we do and experience in life that on the face of it looks fine but unknowingly internally we be hurting and dying a slow death, like when you fall on the streets after an alcohol-fueled night but the bruise only shows up two days later on Sunday morning or the hurt you feel when the two actors you were shipping in a sitcom do not end up together (this one happens more frequently right?). There’s no instant damage but in the long run, it affects you. The same happens when you don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. It might not look like your skin is suffering but wait till a few years and those dark spots and wrinkles will pay you a visit before the due date.

Even if you can’t see or feel the damage the sun is causing to your skin, it is, in fact, damaging your skin on a much deeper level. No matter how elaborate your skincare routine is or how potent your products are if you’re skipping sunscreen you are really sabotaging all your efforts. Daily application of sunscreen by far is the most important step in your skincare routine and not only helps with dark spots and dull skin caused by the sun but prevents early development of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity. In fact over time with consistent use, sunscreen can improve the appearance of pores and the overall texture of your skin. Basically daily use of sunscreen can save your skin from problems and your wallet a lot of money.

SUNSCREEN BASICS

In case you still weren’t convinced why you need a sunscreen, we thought we’ll share more information with you but before that let’s understand these terms that seem to confuse everyone –

UVA – The sun is the most significant source of ultraviolet radiation, that’s why the rays of the sun that hit us are called UV rays or Ultraviolet rays. There are three types of UV rays distinguished on the basis of their wavelength, one of them being UVA rays. UVA rays have the longest wavelength that penetrates deep into the layers of your skin and are responsible for damage that you won’t see on your skin immediately like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

UVB – UVB rays have shorter wavelengths compared to UVA rays and cause damage to the topmost layer of your skin. These rays are what cause immediate damage like sunburn and can also cause skin cancer in the longer run.

SPF – SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to protect your skin from UVB rays only. If its protection from both UVA & UVB rays that you want, use a Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum sunscreen. To really get the benefits of a sunscreen, SPF 30 is a minimum. SPF 30 equates to 97% protection, and SPF 50+ garners about 98%. Another factor is that most people don’t apply sunscreen as liberally and as repeatedly as they should to get sufficient sun protection in a day.

LOOKING FOR MORE REASONS TO WEAR A SUNSCREEN? SAY NO MORE!

Its protects your skin when you use acids as part of your skincare routine

Even if you have just one active ingredient like a skincare acid or skincare vitamin that you apply to your face, as a thumb rule you out of all people shouldn’t even dream about skipping sunscreen. Acids like AHAs and BHAs are essentially exfoliating your skin either at a deeper level or at a surface level so it needs to be protected from the rays of the sun at all times. Acids work to reveal fresh, new skin by removing dead skin cells. In the process, it makes your skin sensitive and more prone to sun damage like irritation, redness and burns. Vitamins like vitamin A or Retinol also need to be followed up with sunscreen as retinol increases your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Vitamin C on the other hand, which is rich in anti-oxidants performs its task of brightening your skin better when paired with a sunscreen.

It does a better job of protecting your skin than makeup with SPF

There are a lot face makeup products like BB creams, foundations and even lipsticks that have anywhere between SPF 15 – SPF 30. While it’s great to use products with SPF in them, you really shouldn’t skip applying your sunscreen even while wearing makeup with SPF and that’s because their primary job is not sun protection. In fact, the SPF potency ends up getting diluted because there are other ingredients in larger quantities. Makeup can provide you with a different type of coverage and not the kind of coverage you need to protect your skin from sun damage.

Want to look like a 27-year-old when you’re 40? Apply sunscreen

Eventually, we all are going to age and have wrinkles. Sunscreen is not a magic potion that gives your immortality and wrinkle-free skin (that only happens in Disney movies) but it will ensure that the process of skin ageing gets delayed and even when your skin does start to age it looks healthy and happy not dull and leathery.

Prevents acne spots and scarring

When acne leaves your face, it leaves a parting gift in the form of an acne scar that tends to be darker than the rest of your face. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the acne and after the acne is healed can prevent such dark spots and pigmentation.

Hopefully that now you’re convinced, here are a few favourite sunscreens most loved by the global beauty community.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

 

Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen
Innisfree Intensive Triple Care Sunscreen
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun
PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++
CeraVe-Hydrating-Sunscreen-Sheer-Tint SPF30
CeraVe-Hydrating-Sunscreen-Sheer-Tint SPF 30

 

Which sunscreen have you been using lately? Do Share with the global beauty community in the comments below.

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