Sunscreen for This Summer

Summer is nothing without a proper sunscreen. Yet choosing a suitable sunscreen is a toughest decision to make. Atmosphere is getting hotter and hotter day by day due to many environment affecting pollutants. Our skin continuously not only suffers from the ultra violet radiation from the day light, but our skin also gets damaged by various pollutants in the atmosphere.

The known skin damages due to the exposure to the ultra violet ray are premature aging of your skin, dullness and age lines and if exposed, maximum skin damage can be skin cancer. The 90% of these skin damages are caused by the ultra violet UVA and UVB exposure. UVC is absorbed within the atmosphere hence does not cause damage. Yet UVB is repelled by glass but mostly cause sun burn as it does not penetrate deeper into the epidermis of the skin. But the intensity of UVB depends on the time of the day and throughout the different seasons during a year. UVA is not repelled by glass and does not vary based on any time frame of the day or throughout year for that matter and also penetrates much deeper into the skin. The SPF (Sun Protective Factor) measures the absorption of UVB into our skin as there is no such measure has been accounted for UVA absorption. Before choosing a sunscreen you need to check if it protects from both UVA and UVB or not. A good sunscreen needs to have at least of SPF 15 to provide protection as well as have ingredients such as avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. 

Steps for choosing the sunscreen you need and applying it correctly:

  • Choose your sunscreen according to your skin type. There are typically four skin types namely, dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin and normal skin.
  • If you have oily skin, look for gel or water based sunscreens for better results, as it absorbs quickly into your skin. If you have sensitive skin gel is a good option but check if it has Aloe-Vera as an ingredient, it helps to repel any form of rash reaction for the skin, and it gives out a cool feeling on your skin and keeps your skin temperature few notches down.
  • If you have dry skin, do look for crème based sun block. It will help your skin to retain moisture and keep your skin soft.
  • Now as you have chosen your sun block, before applying it clean your face with a face wash (it helps you to get your skin clean and bacteria free). Apply right amount of sun block and cover all the exposed skin including hands, shoulder, neck etc.
  • Leave the sun block for 15 minutes to absorb completely in your skin and puff a light amount of powder (face-powder and talcum powder) to lock it down before going out. This step is far more important as some of you will use crème based sun blocks and other sun blocks that makes a little bit sticky layer on your skin, so the atmosphere pollutants gets stuck on the pores and blocks it, so acne problems arise. Powder layer takes away the sticky feel.
  • If you need to re-apply the sun block, clean your face first. Try to carry a face wash with you, if that’s not an option, try to sprinkle cold water and wash away the sun block-powder layer off your skin before re-applying the sun block.
  • If you feel your skin feeling dry inside air conditioned environment, even if you have a mixed type skin (that is oily in the summer and dry during winter), then clean off the sun block and use a water or gel based moisturizer within the office, but don’t forget to re-apply the sun block while going out again in the sun.

One more pointer before I forget many of the working women and men work in air conditioned office and get cold the first time the summer hits the streets. It’s because the drastic changes of temperature outside and rushing into the cool office. So, try to cover your nose while going into the office for a minute or two. Do the same while coming out of the office into the steamy summer night; do not forget to cover your nose. Put that awful cold away along with a red nose to damper your look for a whole week.

Enjoy the sun, enjoy the summer. Enjoy all that life has to offer you and live healthy. Put a smile to ward off the unpleasant quirks.

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