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Sunscreen - the real anti-aging superhero

April 27, 2017

Tanning? 

Getting tan is a respond of your body to UVA and UVB rays. When your skin is exposed to sun, it starts to produce a pigment called melanin that colors our skin. Its a response of our bodies and sign of damage that has been done by exposing our skin to sun.

Sunscreen?

Sunscreen, also known as suncream or sunblock, is designed to offer fuller protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen prevents sunburn, reduces risk of skin cancer, and helps prevent early signs of skin aging. Some work by scattering the light, reflecting it away from your body. Others absorb the UV rays before they reach your skin.

UVA and UVB - what do i need to know?

UVA is an ultraviolet A ray where A stands for Aging Rays. Its causing premature aging, wrinkles and age spots. UVB is an ultraviolet B ray where B stands for Burning Rays. The SPF factor rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburn caused by UVB rays.

Research soon showed that ultraviolet A rays (UVA) also increase skin cancer risk. While UVA rays don't cause sunburn, they penetrate deeply into skin and cause wrinkles. Its estimated that up to 90% of skin changes associated with aging are really caused by a lifetime's exposure to UVA rays.

Which sunscreen is right for you?

You will want a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA. Ingredients with broad-spectrum protection include benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.

  • Always choose a sunscreen with great protection than SPF 30 (which blocks around 97% UVB rays)
  • Always check the ingredients list and look for ingredients as oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide
  • Always use a waterproof and sweat proof sunscreen if you are going to be exercising or spending time in water. Don't forget to re-apply.
  • Always check the ingredients list - search for any added fragrances, alcohol or preservatives.
  • Always wear a sunscreen. Choose the right for your skintype (moisterizing for dry skin, light-weight for oily skin) and wear it 365 days a year. Even on cloudy or winter days, up to 80% of the dangerous UV rays still reach you.

      How to apply suncream correctly?

      While choosing the best sunscreen is important, perhaps even more crucial is using it correctly. 

      • Apply your sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going to the sun.
      • Don't forget to apply sunscreen a moderate amount over your face and body. Don't forget your ears, lips, feet and other areas that are easy to miss. 
      • Re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours if you are on direct sun, in water or doing any kind of physical activity. 

      What else can i do to protect myself from UV rays?

      It is known that no matter how high the SPF, no matter how much and how often you re-apply, your sunscreen will never fully protect you.

      Few rules to follow if you want to increase the sun protection:

      • Wear sunglasses when outdoors.
      • Stay indoors or in shade between 11am to 4pm
      • Wear a hat and/or protective clothing