10 things you must know before buying sunscreen lotion

Buying a Sunscreen? 10 Things you should know

Sunscreen are unavoidable, not even for a single day and we will tell you why?  We all know why its importance but still find it hard to add it into our morning care routine. There may be endless reasons for it and some of them quoted below:-

  • ineffectiveness
  • white patchy look on the skin
  • tends to make skin oily when skin gets exposed to sun
  • leads to breakout etc

So if you to have the similar kind of problems then you definitely need to go through our post on 10 things you must know before buying sunscreen.

 

10 things you must know before buying sunscreen lotion

 

1. SPF 15, 20, 30, 50….

Do these numbers confuse you? Do you think bigger number means big protection?

Let us clear it all, any sunscreen which says broad spectrum providing protection from UVA and UVB rays is the first thing to check before buying sunscreen. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB radiation, SPF 30 blocks 97%, SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 100 blocks 99%  of UVB radiation. So we suggest SPF 50 is the best choice for summers or if you are an outdoorsy person. In winters or if you don’t get much exposed to sun then SPF 30 will also work. If you have sensitive skin or have gone through any facial treatment then protect your skin with higher SPF’s like 60, 100 etc. If your day begins in ground and ends too there then you definitely need to try higher SPF’s like this one from Lotus.

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sports Super-Stay Sunblock Spf 70 Pa+++, 80 g, Rs 625: 

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2. UVA and UVB:

You will find it written on every sunscreen bottle.

  • UVA rays (or aging rays) can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can pass through window glass.
  • UVB rays (or burning rays) are the primary cause of sunburn and are blocked by window glass.

Therefore one needs protection from both the rays as they can damage our skin and can lead to skin cancers. So always check for a UVA and UVB protection.

Truderma SPF-50 Sunscreen Gel, Rs 861 

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3. Cream, gels, lotion, spray:

So first lets talk about cream and lotion which would provide better protection. Creams are bit thicker in consistency when compared to lotions and provide more protection then lotion. However creams are greasy and a bit hard to apply and lotions get easily absorbed in the skin. So if you are using lotion then you need to apply it frequently. Sun spray are easy to use but you need to apply good amount of it. For People with oily or acne prone skin sunscreen gels works great.

Biotique Sunscreen, SPF 50+, 50 ml, Rs 150:

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4. 15 MINUTES: 

Sunscreen takes approx. 15 minutes to get absorbed into your skin and provide you with optimal protection. If you are using chemical sunscreen then you definitely need to give sometime to your sunscreen to react with your skin and provide you a protective shield.

WOW AM2PM SPF50 Water Resistant No Parabens & Mineral Oil Sunscreen Lotion, 100ml, Rs 549:

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5. AMOUNT:

Most of the people who find their sunscreen ineffective is because they are not applying it generously. You need to apply a teaspoon full amount of sunscreen in your face. If you sunsreen does not get well absorbed then try sun screen which are non- comedogenic, they don’t clog pores. For people who have acne prone skin they should surely check whether their sunscreen is non comedogenic.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock, SPF 50+, 88ml, Rs 415

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6. RE-APPLY:

Whatever number of SPF you are using you need to frequently reapply your sunscreen after every 4 hours of exposure to sun. Sun sprays can be very handy for reapplying.

Tvakh Super-AM Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 200 ml, Rs 500:

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7. SUN PROTECTION for BABIES:

Even babies need sun protection. Their skin needs gentle products which are specially designed for babies. Also cover them with cloth, caps etc for added protection.

COCOMO natural sunscreen lotion, 300ml, Rs 600:

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8. CHEMICAL VS NATURAL:

Today we look for natural substitutes in every cosmetic product. These natural product are bit expensive then their chemical counterparts and if you see their short term results they look less effective but if you for a longer term they are the best. In sunscreen you  may get the option of products which are sulphate and paraben or mineral oil free. Sunsceen made of natural ingredients often contain sea weed extract, apricot oil, vitamin e which prevent sun burn and nourishes the skin. If you are looking for an organic product then try Omorfree sunscreen.

Omorfee SunShun Sunscreen with SPF 35 (100% Organic), 50g (Natural Calamine, Apricot & Soya-Bean Oil), Rs 1499:

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9. SWEAT RESISTANT and WATER RESISTANT:

Sweat resistant and water resistant are two different things. A sunscreen maybe water resistant but may get washed when you sweat. So for summers always look for sweat resistant sunscreen.

Kaya Skin Clinic Sweat Proof Sunscreen SPF 30+ (60ml), Rs 680:

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10. PHYSICAL SUNSCREEN and CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN:

Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. These formulations tend to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue. Physical sunscreens work like a shield, sitting sit on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. They contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. If your sunscreen leaves white residue then try chemical sunscreen like La Roche Posay.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Clear Skin Facial Sunscreen SPF 60, 1.7fl. oz, Rs 2512:

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Beside using sunscreen one also needs to use other methods to protect your skin from harmful rays. Read it.

Chetana Joshi
Chetana Joshi
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