A lot of misnomers do the rounds when it comes to what SPF is, when should you apply it, why is it needed, if it really works or not, and what is its significance in skin care and health.
New Delhi: Our face skin is super delicate and requires a lot of care and protection, especially in the summer heat. The harmful rays of the sun can cause suntan, sunburns, rashes, redness and internal damage to the skin. It can lead to early signs of ageing, dry and flaky skin, and even skin cancer. It is very important to keep our skin safe from the heat and the sun rays. Apart from covering your face, a very effective way to keep your skin safe is the use of sunscreen before you step out of the house in the sun. However, there are some things you must know about your summer buddy, the sunscreen in order to make the right choices to protect your skin.
A lot of misnomers do the rounds when it comes to what SPF is, when should you apply it, why is it needed, if it really works or not, and what is its significance in skin care and health. It is important to keep yourself informed with the right information to be able to make the right decision and keep skin troubles and diseases away.
How much sunscreen is enough?
Many people think that taking a dime-sized amount and just rubbing it on the exposed areas of your body is good enough to keep them protected from the rays of the sun. Most people apply sunscreen like they apply a moisturizer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people only apply 25-50% of the sunscreen they need. You must take about an ounce of sunscreen, about the volume of a shot glass and rub it into your skin very well to keep it protected from the sun.
Should you apply sunscreen to your lips?
YES! While you may not even notice that you are neglecting your lips, it is important to apply sunscreen to all areas of your body that are exposed to the sun. apply sunscreen on your ears, nose, lips, etc. to keep them safe from skin diseases.
Should you apply sunscreen when it is cloudy?
Again, YES! The fact that the sun is hiding behind the clouds does not mean that the sun cannot damage your skin. More than 80% of the UV rays of the sun can still make their way to your skin and therefore, you should wear the SPF no matter the situation of the weather. Keep yourself protected even when it is not sunny outside because the damage will probably be the same.
Do you need to apply sunscreen indoors?
According to a study on human cells, CFLs were found to emit UVA radiation that can cause skin damage. Another study by the same research group found that LED lighting was safe for skin. So depending on the kind of light used in your workplace or your home, decide if you need the SPF. It is always a good idea to just apply it, just in case.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.