All the Sunscreen Burning Questions – Answered!
While most of us would agree that sunscreen is a year-round essential to safeguard skin from sun damage and grueling ultraviolet rays, especially during the sweltering summers. It is one of the most important skincare steps in one’s regime. However, the question is how you would include this MVP in your routine? Well, fret not! We’re here to answer all your burning questions about sunscreen including how safe and effective it is. So, here you go!
Why should I apply sunscreen?
Why should you not? During the day, sunscreen is a critical skincare step to combat UV damage and prevent the signs of aging, including fine lines and pigmentation. The trick is to get your hands on the right formulation suiting your skin type. We firmly recommend at least going for SPF 30 or above to protect your skin.
Do I need to apply sunscreen indoors?
Yes, of course! It’s a non-negotiable skincare step. Rain or shine, you cannot skip or miss sunscreen no matter what. Even indoors, you need to protect your skin from the hazardous blue light emitting out of your gadgets like smartphones, laptops, and tablets. This light is very much capable of penetrating deep into the skin and damages it adversely. It also speeds up the skin aging process, so always remember to minimize the brightness settings and slather yourself with sun protectant even if you're cooped up indoors to avoid photo-aging to an extent.
How often should I reapply sunscreen?
Always follow these three rules whenever you are applying sunscreen. The first being a ‘frequent application’, second ‘uniform’ and third, ‘coat application’. This way, the sunscreen will work the best way and in an effective manner. Whether you apply it with makeup or not, during your AM skincare regime, use foundation on top of your sunscreen or, you can also pick a tinted sunscreen for light coverage.
How much SPF is good SPF?
SPF is a sun protection factor, which measures how well a sunscreen protects skin against sunburn due to exposure to UVB and UVA rays, the type that causes most skin cancers. It is always recommended to go for at least SPF 30, as it will safeguard the skin 30X times more than the lower values. If you’re an outdoorsy person and love to go all out in the sun, then pick SPF 50 to do the job for you.