Let’s be clear about sunscreen and SPF it has. So how does sunscreen protect our skin and what is SPF?
Sunscreen is a kind of skin care product that is very much important in our daily skincare routine. If you ask why the answer will be like this, sunscreen shields our skin from the sun rays and harmful UV rays. So, sun rays can damage our skin and this causes premature aging. Therefore, SPF in sunscreen can protect from being suntanned and sunburned.
A powerful sunscreen has some special features
- It contains both UVA and UVB protection
- It has SPF 30 or 50 PA
- It is either physical, chemical or both
If the sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection, this UVA (Ultraviolet A) protection helps to minimize premature aging and UVB protection saves your skin from being sun tanned and sunburned. Thus, the skin won’t be dry, saggy, and dark.
Now, SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is written on every package of sunscreen. One can choose his/her desired SPF number in sunscreen. For example, if a sunscreen has SPF 50, that means, your skin will be protected 50 times better than the time when you do not use sunscreen. So, if the sunscreen is skipped, the result will be sunburned and dark, patchy skin.
Types of Sunscreen
Basically, there is a physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen, however, there is also a sunscreen which is a combination of both types. In the physical sunscreen, there are ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which help to block UV rays so that the sun rays cannot penetrate into the skin. On the other hand, chemical sunscreen is enriched with Avobenzone and Octisalate, which absorb the sunlight before it damages the skin cells.
Let’s talk more about how sunscreen prevents premature aging
Sunscreen is used for keeping the skin protected from sun rays. As a result, the skin will be free from free radicals and toxins. Thus the aging process is being slowed down, wrinkles will be less visible. So, using sunscreen at the last step of your skincare routine can accelerate collagen production, improves skin elasticity, and keep the health of your skin balanced.
How much sunscreen should you use, when, and where?
As it is sunscreen, it should be used when the sun is up, right? Although this is the basic direction to use sunscreen, skin-conscious people use it when they need to work with gadgets, desktops or laptops as the blue light from the screen can be harmful like UV rays as well. So, if you are staying indoors, you should put on sunscreen. Sunscreen is for all seasons and all days.
The basic rule of using sunscreen is to apply such an amount that will cover the whole face and neck area. For the face, you have to put at least three fingers’ amount of sunscreen. After that, apply sunscreen on your exposed areas (hands, feet, arms, etc) as well. This can prevent sun-tanned body skin.
Also, keep in mind that sunscreen should be reapplied every two or three hours.
What kinds of risks you are in if you skip sunscreen?
The first risk you will be in is suffering from skin cancer. The more the skin faces sun exposure, the more the free radicals and toxins damage the skin. Besides, sunscreen can make the aging process slow as it protects the skin from radiation and rays. Therefore, if you do not use sunscreen, your skin will be saggy, dull and tired over time. Then you will miss your healthy acne free, hydrated skin.
On the other hand, if someone uses active ingredients like AHA, BHA, or Retinols, he/she should use sunscreen. These ingredients can be advantageous for the skin only when these are protected by sunscreen.
Recommended sunscreen safe for skin:
GFORS Intense Care Lightweight Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ 50ml
This sunscreen is carefully made with Hydrolyzed Collagen, Centella Asiatica Extract, and Sodium Hyaluronate which will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays and help to produce collagen. Thus, it can make the aging process slower. Besides, it contains anti-bacterial properties which soothe the acne-prone and irritated skin. Also, this sunscreen is enriched with various natural extracts (Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract). These extracts will keep the skin soft and hydrated. Apart from these, it has Niacinamide which is known for brightening the skin. This sunscreen is quite lightweight and non-sticky.
How to use
Put on sunscreen at the last step of your skincare routine, especially in the daytime
The amount of the sunscreen should be at least three fingers
Do not forget to reapply it every two or three hours
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, 4, Methyl benzylidene Camphor, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-8 Dimethicone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Stearyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Ceresin, Caprylyl Glycol, Octadecene, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 77491, Adenosine, CI 77492, Fragrance, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria, Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen
Caution: Please do a patch test before applying on the face