Your 5-step guide to finding the perfect sunscreen for you

It’s already summer, which means it will be sunny, and pollution will be at an all time high. Let’s not get into the other stressors that bombard our skin on a daily basis. Having a proper daily skincare regimen is important to maintaining radiant, youthful skin. The use of sunscreen is essential to protect the skin against UV rays, skin irritation, sunburn, etc.

How to choose the perfect sunscreen:

1. Broad Spectrum:

All sunscreens provide protection against UVB rays, which are the main reason behind sunburn and skin cancers. But there are also UVA rays that can also cause skin cancer and premature aging. Not all sunscreens protect from these. Only a few sunscreens pass this test and are allowed to be labeled “broad spectrum.”

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2. Sun protection factor, also known as SPF:

SPF is the measure of UVB protection (amount of solar energy required to cause sun damage or sunburn) of sunscreen. Before you buy, make sure the sunscreen is at least SPF30 or higher. The higher the SPF number, the better the protection against UVB rays.

3. Non-white, moisturizing, non-sticky casting:

Let’s be honest. Don’t you want a sunscreen that doesn’t leave your face sticky, dry and, above all, that doesn’t make you look like a vampire from the Twilight series? Fortunately, there are sunscreens that manage to be a non-calcareous, non-greasy, non-white cast.

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4. Free of non-comedogenic and harmful chemicals:

It’s simple. Choose a sunscreen that allows your skin to breathe instead of suffocating it. Speaking of chemicals, all sunscreens have chemicals. You just need to be careful about the harmful ones like homosalates, avobenzone, methylisothiazolinone, etc.

5. Blue light protection:

Now, this is something that 90 percent of sunscreens miss. Blue light rays from devices and screens are just as damaging, if not more so. So when you’re looking for your next SPF, make sure it protects you from blue light rays too!

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How to apply sunscreen

For adequate protection, 2 mg (one teaspoon or the rule of two fingers) of sunscreen should be applied to the face, behind the ear, neck, etc. When outdoors, apply sunscreen every 2 hours, as the protective layer is eroded by sweat, sebum, and oil. One should apply sunscreen even if staying indoors as UVA rays penetrate through windows.

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