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Until and unless you have been living in the caves, you would have known about the significance of applying a top-quality sunscreen. Using sunscreen daily should be a necessary step in your skincare regimen. It is useful in protecting the exposed skin of your hands, face, and different other parts of your body from the dangerous rays of the sun. You can select your sunscreen from authentic and popular brands such as Vince, Truly Komal Sports, Esfolio, Avene, VLCC, Clarins, Guerlain, Sun Off, Sun Pro, Glow Skin, Solaris, U-Veil, Neutrogena, and more.
Advantages of the Best Sunblock
Now that we have plotted the context of the significance of sunscreen, let us go through some of its advantages:
Decreases the Risk of Cancer
Yes, you have read it correctly. Research has proven that the dangerous rays of the sun can tend to a variety of skin cancers, especially melanoma. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that is very aggressive and is life-threatening in a few cases. So, it is necessary that you use a genuine quality sunscreen lotion on a daily basis.
Keeps an Even Skin Tone
Uninterrupted exposure to sunlight harms your skin and can even result in an uneven skin tone. But, the daily application of sunscreen on the face helps to make and maintain your complexion even.
The most basic purpose for wearing sunscreen is to save your skin from the sun’s wide spectrum of dangerous UV rays. Sunscreen actually reduces the penetration of harmful UV rays of the sun into your skin. It also protects you from dangerous sunburns to some extent.
We all desire to look beautiful and young forever. Frequent application of sunscreen protects your skin from overexposing its the sun. Because of overexposing, can age your skin. The sunscreens have anti-aging agents that prevent wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines and allow you to have glowing and healthy-looking skin.
Promotes Healthy Skin
When you wear sunscreen, in addition to protecting you from the dangerous rays of the sun, it also saves the proteins in your skin, such as keratin which is a powerful anti-aging agent. Applying sunscreen daily will keep your skin healthy and smooth. In this way, you can also keep your skin protected from sun damage.
What to Look for in the best Sunblock?
Given the numerous options in the market and complex jargon on the labels, picking the right sunscreen is not easy. We have decoded some of the important jargon for you and tell you exactly what to look for in the sunscreen you should carry on your days out in the sun.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
SPF number determines how effective a sunscreen is against sun rays that cause sunburn and for how long it stays effective. For instance, SPF 15 allows you to stay 15 times longer in the sun without protection. It will protect your skin against 93% of UVB rays. The sunscreen with SPF 30 will protect against 97% of UVBs and SPF 50 against 98%. Therefore, the more SPF in your sunscreen, the better. In Pakistan, you need a minimum of SPF 30.
If your day out in the sun includes a swim or rain or at least sweat, choose a sunscreen that is water and sweat-resistant. A water-resistant sunscreen will provide protection for up to 80 minutes in the water.
The sunscreens that are labeled as “broad spectrum” or “broad spectrum UVA-UVB” protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays coming from the sun. UVA rays cause premature skin aging and UVB causes tans, burns, and skin cancer
PABA stands for Para Aminobenzoic Acid. It is often included in sunscreens. It helps absorb UV rays but it also makes your skin more susceptible to allergies, irritation, and even pigmentation so it is not worth having in your sunscreen. Therefore, look for the ones that say PABA-free.
Key Ingredients in the best Sunblock
To make sure you have the quality and coverage you need, take a quick look through the ingredients of the sunscreen. Physical sunscreen normally has natural minerals like zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide that reflects sun rays from your skin and are a great sunblock. The ones with vitamin E and Vitamin C also nourish your skin. While the chemical sunscreens use chemical compounds such as avobenzone, bemotrizinol, and biscotizole. All of these compounds provide broad-spectrum protection.
There are some ingredients that you might want to avoid, such as oxybenzone as it can cause allergic skin reactions and disrupt hormones. Preservatives like methylisothiazolinone can also cause problems to your skin.
Most the sunscreens are specifically made for different skin types such as dry, oily, or sensitive skin. The first step is to figure out your skin type and then pick your sunscreen accordingly. If you have dry skin, look for ingredients like lanolin oils, glycerin, aloe, and silicones such as dimethicone. Also, you should avoid sunscreen gels and sprays with alcohol.
For oily skin, pick gel or lightweight lotions containing isododecane or silica.
For sensitive skin, go with fragrance-free and hypoallergenic sunscreens as they will not clog pores. Choose mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and avoid ones with preservatives and alcohols.
Chemical or Physical
The physical sunscreens are the ones that have thick, pasty formulas that leave a white cast on your face. They are also termed “sunblock”. Physical sunscreens block/deflect the sun rays and start working right after application. On the other hand, the chemical sunscreens have smooth and easy-to-rub-in formulas. It gets into the skin where it absorbs the rays and starts working after 20 minutes.
Include a Sunscreen into your Makeup Routine
Building a sunscreen into your morning routine is a good habit. Though some foundations come with SPF but using just a foundation as your sunscreen is not a good idea. You can apply sunscreen under your makeup with a protective moisturizer or after the moisturizer.
The best way to apply sunscreen with your makeup is to apply a thin coat on the face, neck, and ears. Then let it soak in and clean the leftover residue with a tissue. Make sure to wash the sunscreen off your hands before applying any makeup.
How Should You Apply Sunscreen?
Now that we have learned the significance of wearing sunscreen let us understand how you can apply this protective lotion or cream. You must wear sunscreen for at least thirty minutes before you expose yourself to the sun. This assists your skin toxin absorbing sunscreen and is ready to protect it. Another vital point to keep in mind is that sunscreen requires to be worn on all the exposed parts of your body, including your ears as well. Having said that, do not be miserly when using sunscreen. A normal application of sunscreen would help to keep the skin safeguarded from the sun’s harmful rays.
Selecting the ideal sunscreen, to a great extent, depends on the type of skin you have. Login to HGS Cosmetics and choose from a huge collection of sunscreens and get the one that best suits your skin type.