I scream, you scream, we all scream—sunscreen!

Written by Fatema HabibApr 23, 2019

Not to scare you but the sun has several harmful effects on your skin, from causing severe sunburns to skin cancer. Precisely why, we need to have a conversation about SPF, just in time for your summer vacation. While you don’t need to sacrifice on your daily glamour quotient in the scorching summers; what you need to do is switch your beauty routine with the changing seasons.

Since summer is all about protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays, sunscreens play an important role in your skin care regimen. What’s the best sunscreen SPF level? How much sunscreen do you really need to put? Well, we’ve got answers to all your queries. Here’s everything you need to know about sunscreens this summer...

What’s the best sunscreen SPF level?

Sun protection factor (popularly known as SPF) measures your sunscreen protection from UVB rays. While UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and cause premature ageing, it is UVB rays that lead to physical sunburns. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreens that say “UVA/UVB protection” or “broad-spectrum” on their packaging.

It’s ideal to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 atleast as those are capable of blocking 97 percent of the harmful UV rays. All those with fairer skin tones or sensitive skin might want to use sunscreens with SPF 50 for added protection.

How much sunscreen do you really need to put?

While you should never step out in the sun without slathering enough sunscreen, it’s important to know that sunscreens are not just for summer. You need to protect your skin from the sun all throughout the year.

Apply 1 ounce (size of a shot glass) on your body and a teaspoon for your face. Never ignore spots such as the tops of your feet, your neck, ears and hairline. Make sure that you apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before leaving the house and re-apply every two hours, especially if you’re in and out of the water.

Best sunscreen recommendations

Lakmé  Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Gel Sunscreen

This lotion sunscreen comes with broad-spectrum protection and SPF 30, and promises to block upto 97% harmful sunrays. Its ultra-matte texture is lightweight, non-greasy and non-sticky.

Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50

The non-oily formation of this sunscreen is best for the hot and humid weather. With SPF level 50, this sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50

If you’re a sportsperson, then this sunscreen is just perfect for you. It defends against prolonged skin damage from UV rays and other harsh environmental factors and gives your skin a boost of moisture without looking greasy.