Which Sunscreen Should You Use
We all know how important sunscreen is for our skin. But when it comes to choosing the best product for our skin, even the most knowledgeable of us can feel slightly overwhelmed at the wide variety. SPF, Skin Type, Spectrums? What to look for and how? The questions are many and none of the famous adverts seem to answer them. So what to do, where to look for to find the perfect sunscreen, drugstore aisles or luxury beauty salons? Here I will try answering this question by mentioning the most important things you should look for in your sunscreen:
- Broad Spectrum-
A broad spectrum sunscreen has UVA as well as UVB protection. The UVA rays cause skin ageing whereas the UVB rays lead to sunburn and skin damage that may cause skin cancer. So buy yourself a sunscreen that promises and delivers UVA as well as UVB protection.
A sunscreen is given an SPF rating from 2 to 50+ based on the protection level they offer, according to the British Association of Dermatologists. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen with SPF 30 and over in addition to protective clothing and gear for day-to-day activities.
- UVA Stars-
The sunscreen you buy may have a ‘UVA Star System’ rating. These stars range from 1 to 5 and show the amount of UVA protection offered versus the amount of UVB protection offered. So a sunscreen with 5 stars does not mean that it offers a lot of protection, it just means that the protection offered for UVA is same as that for UVB. So what do you need to do? Buy a sunscreen with high SPF as well as a high UVA star rating.
Make sure that your sunscreen is photostable, that is, it does not break down in sunlight. Otherwise what’s the point?
While you are scrounging the store for the perfect sunscreen, remember that you can also spend your day indoors instead and save yourself from all this hassle! Read here on GameVillage on how to spend time indoors having fun.
You can also fake tan for that summer glow.
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