Sunscreen has been advised by dermatologists during the summers and it is easy to be confused with the wide range of sun protection factors (SPF) available in the market. To ensure that the sunscreen chosen provides maximum sun protection, it’s best to choose according to the skin type.
Just like picking a moisturiser, toner and cleanser according to the skin type, similarly, it is important to select an SPF based on the skin type that is texture and quality. It is said that the facial skin is comparatively thinner than the rest of the body. The right sunscreen will keep the skin well protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun and won’t lead to breakouts, which normally happens when the SPF that does not suit a skin type is applied.
Benefits Of Sunscreen On Different Skin Types :
Oily skin: The skin tends to become oilier during summers due to the overproduction of sebum, therefore, it is better to choose sunblocks that are gel or water based. Such sunscreen formulations work the best for the skin as it provides a cooling effect and also calms any breakouts that may have occurred.
Normal skin: A lotion based SPF is best suited for this skin type. Since normal skin type is neither too oily nor too dry, the lotion based sunscreen will provide just the right amount of hydration that the skin requires without making it look too oily.
Dry skin: Those with dry skin have a low level of sebum, which makes it really sensitive. But summers are comparatively better for the skin, so use a moisturising or a thick SPF. While choosing a SPF for dry skin, remember to pick one with a little thickness so that it moisturises the skin.
Keep An Eye Out For Ingredients:
Just like you check the ingredients behind a food pack, it is important to look into the content behind the bottle, when selecting a SPF. Ones with zinc and titanium dioxide are known to be long-lasting sunscreens.
Various forms of availability:
Other than gel, water and matte based sunscreens, they are available in the market in the form of wipes, powders and hypo-allergenic sunblocks. Many cosmetics like foundations, compact powders, bronzers and lip balms also contain SPF.
When To Apply And How:
Sunscreen is to be applied 15-20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. This allows the sunscreen to soak into your body, as a result of protecting the skin from the UV rays of the sun. Additionally, for best results reapply the sunscreen on the exposed body parts every two hours.
Sunscreen with higher SPF doesn’t always mean it is good. Despite many theories that are doing rounds regarding sunscreen, the most prominent one is the belief that the higher the SPF, the better it is for the skin. Choosing a SPF with a higher denomination, will make the skin oily and can also cause burning or itching. Thus an SPF of 15 to 30++ is considered the best for the Indian summers. However, a profession that requires you to stay out in the sun for longer durations, then it is maybe best to choose a SPF that has a higher denomination (50++ and above). There are also various Indian brands that are affordable and good in quality. So, it is best to spend a little extra to protect yourself from various skin and health issues.