Sunscreen has been around for a long time. However, it does not get the importance and attention it deserves! Many people tend to ignore sunscreens, especially once summer is over. This is a huge skin mistake.
We’re here to emphasise (yet again) the importance of sunscreen and why you should wear it regardless of the season...
What is SPF?
SPF—sun protection factor; helps you stay protected in the sun and prevents sunburns. Everyone’s skin however is different and we experience sunburns at different times and rates. If you want to know how much spf is enough for you, calculate this way.
Minutes to burn without sunscreen X SPF level = maximum sun exposure time!
Let’s say you start burning in 10 minutes of being in the sun and use spf of 40, it means you’re protected in the sun for 400 minutes. Roughly 6.5 hours.
Why is sunscreen important?
Sunscreen does much more for us than just protect us from unwanted tanning and sunburns. If you think you can get away with just covering your face with a scarf in the sun, you’re wrong!
Because of the depleting Ozone layer, the UVA and UVB rays have become more harmful today—UVA rays reach the skin’s thickest layer and cause premature aging and wrinkles. It’s also responsible for crushing your immune system. UVB on the other hand attacks the top layer of the skin. UBV is also responsible for causing skin cancer. So you see, a sunscreen is more than just a beauty product against tanning.
P.S: The UVA and UVB rays don’t just attack your skin during summers. They’re on duty all year round. So, use a sunscreen through the year and protect your skin. We suggest you try the the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Gel Sunscreen to ensure skin protection!
How to make the most of your sunscreen?
- Look for broad spectrum sunscreens. These provide protection from all kinds of UV rays. We suggest you get at least SPF 30.
- Wear a sunscreen even if your foundation contains SPF.
- Reapply every few hours. Apply sunscreen before and after swimming.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UV rays.
- If you have a lighter complexion, use sunscreen with higher SPF as light skin tends to burn quicker than deep skin.