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How to Find the Right Sunscreen Based on Your Skin Type

Summer is at its peak and with a rise in temperature, the one skincare product that gets all the attention is sunscreen. But contrary to popular belief, sunscreen or SPF is not just a summer-specific product. In fact, it is the most important step in a skincare routine all year round. That’s why it’s so important to find a sunscreen that you will enjoy wearing, come rain or snow! Let us help you with that...

But first, why is sunscreen so important?
● Sunscreen plays an important role in blocking harmful UV rays from being absorbed by the skin
● Sunscreen helps prevent premature skin ageing, tanning and keeps you safe from sunburns
● Sunscreen isn’t just for days outside. UV rays can penetrate your windows, plus blue light from your screens may cause skin damage, so make sure to wear SPF indoors as well

What is SPF?
The SPF on sunscreen stands for Sun Protection Factor which is a relative measurement of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from ultra-violet rays. The number beside it does not indicate the amount of time you can stay in the sun, instead, it indicates how long the sunscreen will protect you from UV rays.

What’s the difference between SPF and PA levels:
SPF: It measures how well your skin is protected from UVB rays. High-SPF sunscreens alone do not provide 100% sun protection.

Protection offered by different SPFs:
SPF 15 blocks about 93% of all UVB rays
SPF 30 filters out 97% of all UVB rays
SPF 50 filters out 98% of all UVB rays

PA: It measures how well your skin is protected from UVA rays. The greater the number of ‘+’s after PA, the more protection you get from UVA exposure.

This is what each PA Rating means:
PA+ = Some UVA protection
PA++ = Moderate UVA protection
PA+++ = High UVA protection
PA++++ = Extremely High UVA protection

How to find the right sunscreen:
Picking a sunscreen based on your skin type is your best bet to finding ‘The One’ you will wear every morning without hesitation.

Dry Skin
If you have dry skin you need a sunscreen with hydrating, nourishing and sun protecting properties.

Oily Skin
If you have oily skin you need a sunscreen with a super light texture which also helps calm irritated skin.

Normal to Combination Skin
Sunscreen which provides you antioxidants to help your skin fight the harmful effects of UV from within.

Must-dos with sunscreen
● Apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before stepping out of the house
● You should always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even on cool or slightly cloudy days
● Sunscreen should be reapplied every two to three hours, especially after swimming or sweating

Other ways to protect your skin from the sun:
● Try to limit your direct exposure to sun by seeking shade in some form
● Keep away from direct sunlight when the UV index is highest (12 pm to 4 pm)
● Cover up your face and hair with protective clothing like a scarf or a wide-brimmed hat
● Carry an umbrella to stay well protected if you need to walk out in the sun

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