You’ve probably heard this a gazillion times before, but once more won’t hurt! So ladies, NEVER step out without slathering on a generous amount of sunscreen. Sunscreen is the secret to keep your skin healthy all year round, and is the cheapest anti-ageing treatment available out there.
Just like the rest of your skincare products, sunscreen should also be chosen, keeping your skin type and specific needs in mind. Listed below is everything a good sunscreen needs to be especially during summer...
- SPF 30 or above
- One that says broad spectrum
- Water resistance
- Cream over sprays
- Keep your skin type in mind
SPF 30 or above
The sun protection factor is the most important part of your sunscreen and this is what sets it apart from a regular face cream. It is recommended to use a minimum of SPF 30, which protects against 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 30 is ideal for people with medium to dusky skin tones, but if you are extremely fair, then you need a SPF of 50, as you are likely to burn more easily.
One that says broad spectrum
While SPF is super important, a sunscreen that does not offer broad spectrum protection is effectively useless. A broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which means it helps delay wrinkles and brown spots. Remember, we promised anti-ageing benefits?
Thanks to the humidity that comes along with the summers, you are always sweating. This is why choosing a water resistant sunscreen formula is advisable because it will stay on for slightly longer on your skin, as compared to washable counterparts. But sunscreens need to be applied every two hours and never waterproof of sweat-proof.
Cream over sprays
Spray sunscreens may seem tempting because they are time saving and convenient to apply, but they may not offer adequate protection. Cream formula sticks to your skin and forms a protective layer to ensure enough skin protection against sun damage.
Keep your skin type in mind
All of the above factors will become useless if you pick a sunscreen that does not work for your skin type. There are various sunscreens that are made specifically for people with dry, oily or sensitive skin. if you have sensitive skin, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free are good bets, as are mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.