Since we were a kid, we have all been advised to put on sunscreen whenever we go outside, especially in the scorching sun. But why is this so? What exactly is the significance of it? Let us discuss how the sun damages our skin.
There are three main UV rays in the sun.
What does UVA do?
*Dermis is the second layer of our skin*
*Dermis contains nerves, sebaceous glands, sweat glands, and hair follicles*
What does UVB do?
*Epidermis is the first layer of our skin (the layer that we see and touch)*
*Protects us from toxins, bacterial, and fluid loss, etc*
What does UVC do?
In short, the sun speeds up the aging process of our skin, increases the risk of skin diseases and malignancies, and can even harm human eyes, skin, and lesions.
So, how does applying sunscreen helps to protect our skin, and how can we choose the right sunscreen?
1. It helps to protect our skin from harmful UV rays.
While a little sun is good for getting your daily dosage of Vitamin D, that doesn't mean we shouldn't use sunscreen. Sunscreen effectively prevents these dangerous rays from reaching the skin and causing skin problems.
2. Prevents pre-mature aging
We all want our skin to stay youthful, radiant, and healthy. As a result, using sunscreens helps to prevent premature aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. It is always preferable to prevent rather than to treat.
3. Lowers the risk of skin diseases and skin cancer
Skin cancer such as Melanoma is among the deadliest types of skin diseases. It can spread to other organs and is difficult to manage if left untreated. Sun exposure may also lead to cataracts and cancer to the eyelids.
4. Prevent sunburns
Sunburn causes sore, dry, and inflamed skin. In extreme cases, sunburns may cause blisters, infection, and fever. According to the World Health Organization, they also wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections and reducing the effectiveness of certain vaccines.
How to choose the right sunscreen?
1. Consider getting one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA (causes pre-mature aging such as fine lines and wrinkles), UVB of at least SPF 30.
2. Choose one that is designed specifically for your skin type. For combination to oily skin, get one that is non-comedogenic to avoid clogging of your pores. For combination to dry skin, look for one with hydrating properties like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to help moisturize your skin while protecting it from UV rays.
For all skin types:
YSL Pure shots UV Defender provides both UVA and UVB protection of SPF50/PA++++.
Infused with 100% pure niacinamide and citrus peel extract, which helps to improve the skin's barrier. It has antioxidant and antipollution properties. By far the lightest texture I've ever encountered in a sunscreen. It is said to be 8x thinner than normal sunscreens. It not only protects your skin from UV rays, but it also protects it from dust and pollution. Even PM 2.5 adherence! Highly recommended for those looking for a sunscreen that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and doesn't leave a white cast.
For oily skin:
Innisfree Intensive Long-lasting Sunscreen provides both UVA and UVB protection of SPF50/PA++++. This sunscreen is infused with Centella and green tea extract, which helps to moisturize and soothe skin. It leaves your skin feeling soft and revitalized with no stickiness. It has a lightweight formula which is very suitable for people with combination to oily skin.
For dry skin:
Shiseido Global Suncare The Perfect Protector provides both UVA and UVB protection of SPF50+ PA++++. This sunscreen contains more than 50% skincare components that are essential for avoiding aging indications like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Best for individuals looking for a sunscreen that will leave their skin looking healthy and radiant!
What are you waiting for now that you understand the significance of applying sunscreen? Get one that suits your skin type!
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