Everything you need to know about sunscreens!
As any dermatologist will tell you using the right sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin aging. Forget expensive skin creams and serums, sunscreens are your first line of defense in escaping lines, pigmentation and dullness. That brings us to the next scorching question, what SPF should you be using?
So what SPF should you be using?
According to Dr. Dhimant Goleria, SPF is just a measure of how long it would take for you to burn if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen, as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on.” Dermalogica India’s Dr. Avni Amlani adds, “SPF15 x 10 minutes (your natural burn time in the sun) = 150 minutes. Therefore you’ll need to reapply the sunscreen after two-and-a-half hours.” A formula with SPF 30 typically blocks about 97% of UVB rays and the protection goes up by just one or two percent the higher the SPF, so it’s best to stick with a SPF 30 sunscreen and reapply every three hours.
What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
SPF offers protections against UVB rays that cause sunburns, but not against UVA rays that are linked to deeper skin damage including pigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer. So how’s a girl to protect herself? Enter broad spectrum sunscreens! Broad spectrum formulas block both UVA and UVB rays.
What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens?
Mineral sunscreens containing zinc or titanium dioxide are classed ‘physical’. They deflect the sun’s rays, instead of absorbing them like chemical sunscreens that contain a combination of two to six of active ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate and homosalate. Both are FDA-approved. However, most people prefer mineral sunscreens because they’re made with more natural ingredients.
Now find the best sunscreens to try this summer!
FOR THE SWEATY LASS
Broad spectrum protection against skin darkening, sun burns and age spots. Infused with the exclusive Helioplex technology, the waterproof and sweat-proof formula is suitable for all skin types.
FOR DRY SKINNED DIVAS
Enriched with Vitamins B3 and Pro Vitamin C to reduce spots and lighten your skin tone. Use daily for a nourished, hydrated complexion.
FOR SENSITIVE SKINS
Especially formulated for hypersensitive, light, very fair skin that’s prone to sunburn. Contains Pre-tocopheryl, a vitamin E precursor, Avene Thermal Spring Water and oil regulating Cucurbita Pepo extracts.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER
Made with Berry extracts and all natural sun screen agents, this sun block effectively protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
FOR A HINT OF COVERAGE
Infused with the VitaNiacin complex, it restores, enhances and protects skin with a touch of color coverage foundation. Evens out the skin tone, reduces dullness and moisturizes for a healthy glow.
FOR THE WATER BABY
Water resistant formula with Raspberry Seed Oil for broad spectrum protection with a Four Boot Star accreditation. Ideal for outdoor activities and water sports aficionados.