Sunscreen, something which is very very essential in order to protect your skin from harmful sunrays. Protection against sunrays doesn’t really mean you are protecting skin from getting tanned. It’s way more than that.
When it comes to sunscreen, it’s not just another cream or a lotion you are applying. Because it has some of its own points to be taken care of.
Let’s see one by one. As I’m pretty sure there are some basic questions you might be having in your mind about sunscreens.
Let’s start with very basic. Major types of sun rays against which we use sunscreens.
What is UVA?
Ultraviolet rays A. These are long wave rays which can penetrate inside the skin even into the deepest or thickest layer…!!!
What is UVB?
Ultraviolet B. These are short ways and mostly cause damage to upper layer of skin.
Why do we need to use sunscreens?
- For protection against tanning
- Skin burns
- Skin cancer
- To slowdown the process of aging.
Which is more harmful, UVA or UVB?
UVA is way more harmful. Because UVB burns your skin, whose results are reversible. Whereas UVA causes permanent aging if skin which leads to skin cancer.
When is the time in the day where we need to use sunscreens the most?
It’s said that between 10 am to 2 pm, the sun rays are strongest.
What is SPF?
You must have seen SPF written on sunscreen. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It’s the way we measure how much the sunscreen can protect you against UVB rays.
For example, if your skin burns after ten minutes of exposure to sunlight, the SPF 20 will let you be in sun light for approximately 200 minutes without getting your skin burnt. That is 20 times more than usual. This is why people prefer sunscreen with more SPF value.
What is minimum SPF that is recommended?
Experts recommend sunscreens with at least SPF 15.
Important point for applying sunscreen.
As I said, it’s not just another cream. You need to apply on face and on body parts which are exposed to direct sun, 15 minutes prior to stepping out. Yes, it needs some time to settle and start working.
Is applying sunscreen in the morning is enough to get protected?
No. Experts say that we need to apply sunscreen every couple of hours for complete protection.
Is it necessary to apply sunscreen while you are indoors?
Yes. Dermatologist recommend using sunscreen even while you are indoors. Because if it’s really hot outside, chances are high that sunrays can cause damage to your skin even while you are not exposed directly to the sunrays.
Should we really apply sunscreen on winter or rainy days??
Doctors say yes. Even when it is cloudy out there, sun rays can still damage your skin cells. 20% to be precise. 20 out of hundred sun rays can still penetrate and damage your skin even when it’s cloudy. Applying a layer of sunscreen should be helpful throughout the year.
What is PA++?
If you check a sunscreen package, you might find this written on it – PA++. Do you know what it is? It’s the protection grade of UVA rays. These are the rays which are responsible for tanning of your skin. Thus more PA++ content, more protection from getting tanned in sun.
What is the difference between PA+, PA++, PA+++???
PA+ is basic one. Where sunscreen can protect your skin from darkening between the scale of two to four.
PA++ can give you moderate protection against sun rays. Between four to eight.
PA+++ is the highest grade available. This is recommended to those who get exposed to strong sunrays. The scale of protection being more than eight, you can count on this if you don’t want to get tanned.
How to apply sunscreen?
Once you are done with day makeup, apply a good amount of sunscreen as a last layer. Don’t forget to apply on your neck, hands and feet which are exposed to sun.
What are the types of sunscreen?
You get sunscreen in the form of cream, lotion, spray and gel. Choose the one which suits you the most.
How to protect your skin while you are outdoor and which involves water sports?
You just have to chose water resistant sunscreen with high SPF and PA+++.
So, these were some of the questions which were asked to mygirlypedia by some of my beautiful readers. Hope this helps you.
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