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Sunscreen Myths Vs Facts

What is SPF?

SPF mainly refers to a sunscreen’s ability to block the sun’s UVB and UVA radiation. While the UVB rays are the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancer and skin burn, the UVA rays are responsible for skin aging but also contribute to skin cancer. The more the SPF, the better the protection you get from these harmful rays.

Let’s bust some myths that have been circulating over the years about using sun protection: -

  • You should only wear sunscreens on sunny days!

Fact: You must wear sun protection every day, be it sunny or cloudy. Because the harmful UV rays are still present without the sun shining in the sky.

  • Applying a thin layer of sunblock works!

Fact: Mask your skin well with a thick layer of sunscreen so that it does not wear off with sweat and humidity.

  • Sunscreens are only for the face.

Fact: You should apply sunscreen on all body parts and not only restrict it to your face. 

  • Having a suntan helps protect your skin

Fact: A tan is itself a sign of skin damage and does not provide nearly enough protection.

  • Using sunscreen lowers the Vitamin D level in your body

Fact: In order to get your daily dose of vitamin D, you need to be exposed to the sun for about 15 minutes a day. After the needed amount of time, our body’s vitamin D consumption stops.

  • Pick SPF based on popularity.

Fact: Absolutely not recommended. Buy your sun protection based on three factors: SPF, water resistance, and broad-spectrum. SPF 30 is recommended.

  • Considering skin type while picking out sunscreen is unnecessary. 

Fact: A hard pass. Your skin’s texture and type should always be kept in mind while you pick any skincare, which includes your sunscreen. 

And to help you with the same, here is a list of VW Recommends. 

1. For Combination Skin Type: Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreens

Like Fixderma Shadow 50+ Cream which is lightweight and easy absorbent, providing you complete protection from sun damage. It provides you with moisturization without blocking your pores and has a non-greasy texture. 

2. For Dry Skin Type: Choose sunscreens with Lotion Consistency

CGG Cosmetics Aqua Bomb Watery Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 PA+++ is the best match.  A light hydrating cream texture that does not leave with you the dreaded white cast so you have a worry-free day in the sun. Ingredients like Suncat DE and Aloe vera help retain moisture and keep your skin hydrated and plump throughout the day. 

3. For Oily Skin Type: Choose Gel Sunscreens as they are non-greasy.

For which SkinQ Sun Protect Gel SPF 40 with Vitamin C is your go-to. A lightweight gel that feels like a feather on skin. Its gel formula does not add to your skin’s natural oil and can be easily worn under make-up without worrying about your skin breaking out. It also helps repair sun damage with the goodness of Vitamin C. 

4. For Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin Type: Choose a sunscreen that prevents sunburns, redness, and inflammation

Qurez Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50 Pa++++ with Blue Light Protection (Hybrid ) is a tinted formulated sunscreen that feels like a hug with its rich and ‘gentle on skin formulation’. Specially made for acne-prone skin, it does not clog your pores and provides protection against blue light which might act as a stressor for your inflamed skin.

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