Your ultimate guide to sunscreen | The perfect product and suitable SPF

If you go over to my poetry account (shameless self-promo) you will notice I write poems calling boys who I have only been on two dates with “my sun”. And legit 3 hours ago I saw a video on why you need sunscreen and I panicked because even though I know sunscreen is important, I just usually forget to apply it.

But I realized how harmful it is to walk around unprotected from the sun(no wonder I called toxic men sun)

So if you are insane like me and still don't include sunscreen in your skincare routine, here are some reasons why you should never skip it.

  • sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which are UVA and UVB rays
  • Sunscreen prevents sunburn, reduce the appearance of sun damage, discolorations, dark spots, and even saggy skin.
  • They help in maintaining and even out skin tone
  • They prevent early aging caused due to sun damage.
  • Sunscreens act as a shield against three main cancers, which are Squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma

Now, I assume you are willing to incorporate sunscreen (count the number of times I say sunscreen I will take the equivalent number of shots) If you are still wondering “what is the right sunscreen for my skin type?” or “what is the SPF should I use”? I have all the information that you need.

So apparently the sun does discriminate on the basis of your skin color (again no wonder I called toxic men my sun)

DID YOU KNOW?

no matter how high the SPF of your sunscreen is, you do need to reapply it every two hours?

The perfect SPF for your skin shade

Even though studies show that people with lighter skin tone are more vulnerable to the harmful impacts of Mr.sun but that doesn't give you a reason to not apply sunscreen if you do fall under the darker skin spectrum. All skin types and colors are and will always be at risk of skincare unless you wear sunscreen.


Sunscreen SPF should be chosen according to skin color. For example, people with darker skin should ideally opt for lower SPF, while fairer people can go in for sunblocks with higher SPF.”




http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/sun-care-tips/faq-suncare/how-do-i-choose-the-right-sunscreen-and-spf-for-meThis is a little chart that I borrowed from above site.

Sunscreens can be found with many different formulations be it cream or even as a spray.

And there is no formulation that is THE best, just choose the one that works best for you.

If you are wondering “what kind of sunscreen works the best?”, keep reading my article, I have answered this question too.

DID YOU KNOW?

According to tests, SPF 30 protects the skin from 97% of the suns burning rays whereas SPF50 protects you from about 98%, but these are just numbers which will only work if you apply your sunscreen in the right quantities and in the right areas
studies say that by using sunscreen, the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma is reduced the most—as much as 40% over four years.

HOW MUCH SUNSCREEN SHOULD YOU APPLY?

Remember that sunscreens are not serums or spot treatments, they are only effective if they are applied properly. If you think you apply enough of it, let me tell you that you are probably wrong.
Most of us apply a dime-sized amount and that too only on our face, but the recommended quantity is 1 ounce aka enough to fill a shot glass
A good rule of thumb would be to apply sunscreen on any area that is exposed

DID YOU KNOW?

while everyone talks about sun damage on the skin, your hair is also adversely affected by the rays

THE PERFECT SUNSCREEN ACCORDING TO YOUR SKIN TYPE

While I talk about the application of sunscreen, we also must remember that if we are applying something in such a large quantity we must use the correct product too, for example

Best sunscreen for normal skin

If you have normal skin opt for cream-based sunblock and if you notice your skin getting oily, dab with a tissue to remove the excess oil

Best sunscreen for oily skin

If you have oily skin use aqua and gel-based sunblocks and make sure your sunscreen has non-comedogenic components which do not clog the pores

Best sunscreen for dry skin

If you have dry skin opt for moisturizing sunblocks with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides.

Best sunscreen for sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, choose sunscreens with components like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide aka go for mineral-based sunscreen because they are hypoallergenic and sit on the top of the skin instead of penetrating it



DID YOU KNOW?

Although you have seen suncreen of various types be it as a creams,gels or a sprays
They are also available in different compositions

  1. Physical sunscreen have minerals like titanium and zinc oxide. These sunscreens scatter the rays before they can penetrate the skin
  2. Chemical sunscreen have avobenzone and octisalate that absorb UV rays before they can destroy your skin.


Remember that no matter what sunscreen you choose make sure it reads “broad spectrum”, which means it protects you from both UVA (which causes wrinkles and ages the skin) and UVB ( which causes sunburn, overexposure to both can cause skin cancer)

DID YOU KNOW?

The thicker the consistency of the sunscreen the more protection it offers from sun damage?


Debunking Sunscreen myths

Dr. Jennifer Lin assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School wrote a post debunking some sunscreen myths that have been floating around for a while now. I have linked the post if you want further detail, but here is the general summary of it. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-science-of-sunscreen

I also included some of the other common myths that tbh I too believed in. And some of it definitely took me by surprise too.

Q1. Are there any chemicals in sunscreens that we should stay away from?

Oxybenzone is the one chemical that is commonly found in sunscreens and usually receives bad media, as a hormone disruptor, but studies show that you have to be using sunscreen for 277 years, to notice any kind of side effect of this component.


Q2.Does sunscreen cause cancer?

Well, the good news is that, it doesn’t cancer is caused by increased exposure to the sun, and there are no studies yet which have linked sunscreen to skin cancer.


Q3.Darker skin people do not need sunscreen.

Truth: darker-skinned people do have a very low risk of skin cancer, but again you are not exactly the bulletproof form it, moreover sunscreen does more than just prevent cancer, as I mentioned above in my post.


Q4.Does applying sunscreen make you vitamin deficient?

The answer is yes, sunscreen blocks ultraviolet b rays, which are crucial for vitamin D generation in the body, But is it a good enough reason to skip sunscreen? not at all, because vitamin d can easily be incorporated into your body through many foods and drink supplements so the pros do really weigh out the cons.


Q5. If you use waterproof sunscreen, you do not need to reapply it after any kind of contact with water.

FALSE. Did you know that there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen !!! Now that is another conspiracy theory, isn’t it? Turns out most of the sunscreens are just water-resistant, not waterproof. So you definitely need to reapply it.


Q6.If it is a cloudy day I do not need to wear sunscreen.

Umm well, the sun isn’t really scared of the cloud it will shine anyway, and therefore they can still do you harm. (believe me, there is a science behind how the sun actually gets to you even in cloudy days)


Conclusion

In the end, do not forget to apply sunscreen on every exposed area and 15 mins before. You leave the house.
Both the components of sunscreen UVA and UVB are carcinogens, which is why you should invest in a sunscreen which is broad-spectrum, even if you have a darker skin tone because skin cancer is can affect anyone despite the age, gender or skin type

Remember imperfections are attractive when the owners are happy with them.