The heart of skincare is sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what you put on your skin if you don’t use sunscreen. The barrier shields the skin from its most dangerous adversary: the sun. Sunscreen is a type of skincare that protects our skin from the sun’s harmful UVB and UVA rays. UV damage, which can cause skin cancer, sunburns, and aging signs, is shielded by our skin. Regardless of age or gender, everyone should apply sunscreen every day, indoors or even if they spend 15 minutes in the sun. Please don’t skip the sunscreen because you think you’ll be inside all day. You may ask, how does it make a difference? But believe me, it can make all the difference to the skin. It is the best investment you can make for your skin. In your 20s, you will see that you are not getting hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or sunburn, and in your 30s or 40s, you will notice that your skin is free from any sunspots and is showing signs of aging much later.
Only sunscreens suited to your skin type will provide the best results. There are two types of sunscreen: Mineral Sunscreen and Chemical Sunscreen.
Chemical sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s damaging rays using chemical filters. Oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, and octinoxate are the most common chemical sunscreen components. According to physicians, you should apply the chemical sunscreen 30 minutes before entering the skin to let the chemicals fully attach to the skin. In addition, chemical sunscreen is often for people with oily skin.
Mineral sunscreen, commonly known as physical sunscreen, works by bouncing UV radiation away from the skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which form a barrier between the skin and the sun’s rays, are the active constituents in physical sunscreens. As a result, physical sunscreens are a little thicker than chemical sunscreens. Because mineral sunscreen has an instant effect, you can use it soon before entering the sun. Mineral sunscreen is for people with dry or normal skin.
What happens if you forget to apply sunscreen?
Skin cancer is the most severe damage you may do to your skin by not wearing sunscreen. But that is not the only reason to wear sunscreen; sun rays damage skin cells and blood vessels, resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, skin discoloration, etc.
Many people use too little sunscreen, which is insufficient to protect the skin from the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen generously to your body and face. Always go for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, look for broad-spectrum protection that shields you from UVA and UVB rays, and top it off with an oil free moisturizer so that your face doesn’t get greasy.
You can suffer from telangiectasias, a fancy word for broken blood vessels caused by sun exposure, resulting in fluids leaking from the damaged blood vessels, causing red bumps and patches on your skin.
Wrinkles and aging indications will appear much faster if you don’t use sunscreen.
When it comes to reapplying sunscreen, how frequently should you do so?
When applying sunscreen, cover all exposed areas completely to avoid sun damage. Once you’ve used the sunscreen, remember to reapply every two hours as it wears off.
Today we even have hair serum with SPF to protect the hair and scalp from the sun’s damage.
To cultivate a habit of using sunscreen daily without fail.