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Hey! Hope you all are beating the summer heat fashionably. But are you protecting yourself and your family from sunburns and other sun related problems? And this reminds me of sunscreen; ah don't skip that! It is believed that if you have only one product in your beauty regime it should be sunscreen. But there are few facts about sunscreen you didn't know before but need to know.
Go ahead and read facts about your sunscreen.
It is recommended to apply a sufficient quantity of sunscreen to all the exposed areas. On an average, most people just apply one-quarter of the sunscreen that they should, leaving themselves to burning and skin damage. People often forget to apply sunscreen between the toes. Pay close attention to arms, face, neck, legs and your lips.
The sunscreen's Sun Protecting Factor(SPF) has the ability to block UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns. On the other hand, the sunscreen provides no protection against UVA radiations, which are responsible for premature skin aging and damage. A product that provides protection from all UV light rays should be selected.
Most of the sunscreens do not provide protection against UVA and UVB rays. Look for the "broad spectrum" in the label before selecting a sunscreen for you.
Spray sunscreens can be toxic if inhaled. They may not provide sufficient coverage to protect against the sun. Consumer report also warns of the possible damages if you inhale sunscreen while spraying and FDA is currently investigating to determine whether they are safe or not.
Sunscreens could inhibit Vitamin D production, which helps in strengthening bones and preventing certain types of cancer. Excessive sunscreen can lower the Vitamin D levels and affect bone health.
Higher SPF doesn't mean higher protection. For an example, if you apply sunscreen of SPF 30 that means you can be in the sun 30 times longer than without sunscreen before burning. SPF 50 does not necessarily provide protection for longer hours because it may be absorbed or washed off after two hours.
A form of Vitamin A called retinol which is responsible for preventing skin aging has been implicated in causing skin tumors and lesions when applies to skin and exposed to sunlight. Still, retinol is commonly found in all sunscreens.
Apply a thick layer of sunscreen and let it soak. It should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun. If you apply it already sitting in the sun, your skin is unprotected and can absorb harmful UVA nad UVB rays.
Water-proof and water resistant are two different things. All sunscreens wash over a period of time. Make sure you reapply it every hour if you're engaged in swimming or any other activity which causes sweating.
It's still not proven that sunscreen prevents you from skin cancer. Sunscreens are not 100% effective; there are lot many other products which are better and can block UV rays. You can get skin tan even after applying sunscreen that indicates skin damage; there is nothing called skin tan.
It should be applied 30 minutes before heading into heat so that it can be absorbed by your skin when you're in the sun. If you're engaging in any activity that causes you to sweat, make sure you apply it every hour or at least once in two hours.