Sunscreen season isn't over but are you using it correctly? Read to find out
- Sunscreens form a protective layer on your skin
- It protects the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun
- Sun exposure is one of the most irreversible forms of damage to the skin
Do you also, like most people, think sunscreen is just summers' business? If yes, you have done more harm to your skin than sun rays can and it must end now. Sunscreen not only protects you from the visible rays but also provide protection from the hazardous ultraviolet rays of the sun that are present even on a rainy day. That is why using sunscreen in all seasons and every time you step out of the house is important.
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Why are sunscreens important
Sunscreens, as the name suggests, form a protective layer on your skin that safeguards it from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Sun exposure is one of the most irreversible forms of damage to the skin that leaves long-term after-effects like age spots, premature wrinkling, patchy or irregular skin tone and uneven skin texture. Sunscreen prevents these rays from penetrating into the sun and cause damage.
Always remember, sunscreen is much more than just preventing tanning and thus, one must invest in a high-quality solution with an SPF value of more than 30.
Do's and Dont's of using sunscreen
Using sunscreens correctly is as important as investing in the right sunscreen. Here, we have compiled dermatologist-approved tips to use sunscreens correctly.
Dermatologist Dr Madhuri Agarwal recently took to Instagram to suggest what should or should not be done in case of sunscreens. Let's get started.
1- Wear sunscreen all 365 days of the year, irrespective of season, sun presence or occasion.
2- Apply sunscreen on all parts of the body that are exposed to the sun and not just the face. Give neck, ears, hands, arms and legs equal protection with equal application
3- Use a decent amount of sunscreen and don't just put it for the sake of applying. A thicker layer of the cream is important for correct protection.
1- Don't use expired sunscreen. Expired sunscreen not only is of no use to protect but can also cause some side effects like rashes or infections.
2- Avoid tanning or self-tanning products; first-time tanners can do so for 20 minutes and increase each time by 5-10 minutes. Don’t stay out in the sun for more than 1.5 to 2 hours.
3- Don't use sunscreen with only a UVB filter but pick one with both UVA and UVB filters