Sunscreen is an important part of a complete sun protection strategy. But sunscreen alone isn’t sufficient to keep you safe in the sun. Sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging, wrinkles, age spots and many more.
Reasons on why you should wear sunscreen all through the year
It’s a mindset that sunscreen should be used in summers especially at afternoon. But dermatologist suggests that you should wear it throughout the year.
1. It prevents premature aging
Studies shows those who wear sun blocker, have less wrinkles and dark spots and have healthy and radiant skin as compared to those who does not use it.
2. Reduces the risk of skin cancer
According to studies, exposure to skin can cause melanoma which is type of skin cancer. This cancer affects women and it can be life threatening. By wearing sun on daily basis can lowers the risk of skin cancer.
3. Prevents tanning and sunburns
Too much exposure to sun can cause peeling, redness, itching, and bruises. Repeated attacks can make them severe. During sunbath, SPF cream application is must. Also, its reapplication after 2 hours is to be kept in mind.
What does SPF mean?
SPF means sun protection factor. The number tells you how long the sun’s ultraviolet (UVB) rays will take to affect your skin if you apply sunscreen exactly as directed compared to how long it takes without sunscreen. So, if you use an SPF 30 product correctly, it means your skin is protected 300 minutes than if you didn’t use sunscreen. SPF 30 and above are recommended.
How to choose sunscreen?
- Broad spectrum which means cream which protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Daily Use Seal of Recommendation- SPF15 is ideal for every day.
- Active Seal of Recommendation- SPF30 or above- necessary for outdoor activity for long time
- Water resistant
How often you should apply sunscreen?
You should use SPF creams daily and every 2 hours, it is to be reapplied. Regardless of skin tone, you should apply sufficient amount of it to ensure full protection.
Is it required indoor as well?
When you are indoor, you are still in contact with UV rays because these can pass through glass windows. So, you should wear SPF creams to all exposed areas of skin, especially the face, neck, and chest.