Why Sunscreen Should be an Integral Part of Your Skin Care Routine
We all know what a sunscreen is. It’s a trusty old cream bottle we always had around on sunny vacations, or trips to the swimming pool or when you visited a humid place at the peak of summer. A Sunscreen cream is known to prevent the sun from causing damage to our skin. It is mostly used to prevent tanning and sunburn.
People love to sunbathe and spend enough time outside under the sun. In fact, Sun’s rays are a direct source of Vitamin D which is essential for our bodies. Vitamin D dissolves nutrients like calcium and phosphates in our food and builds bone strength. Most patients with weaker bones are advised by doctors to spend time in the sun.
However, spending too much time in the sun with unprotected skin has its own dangers.
Harmful UV Rays
In the past decade, fluctuating temperatures, melting ice caps, and increasing pollution has escalated global warming. This has led to a severe depletion of the ozone layer. The ozone layer is a thick layer ozone gas that surrounds the Earth and protects us from UV rays. Global warming has created holes in this protective ozone layer. Hence, today the sun rays that hit your face will have harsher rays like UVA and UVB rays which are extremely dangerous for your skin.
One of the most common skin conditions caused by too much exposure to the sun is sunburn. Characterized by the skin turning red, and in severe cases sunburns cause painful blisters and itchiness. Sunburn occurs when your skin comes in contact with harsh sunlight for too long, leaving cells damaged and your skin looking red. High exposure of sun causes skin to become dry and dull and scaly which accelerates aging and messes with the overall texture of your skin as well.
The other major skin condition that comes with sun damage, that can be life-threatening, is skin cancer. Spending too much time in the sun put UV rays in contact with skin which becomes the number one cause for skin cancers like Melanoma. However, it must be noted that UV rays are only 5% of what makes up sunlight. Sunlight also contains Infrared rays and Visible Light that greatly damages several layers of skin cells and makes the skin texture loose, leathery and red. To fight all of this and retain skin texture, Sunscreen cream plays a vital role.
Who Should Use Sunscreen?
All ages and genders are equally at risk due to the sun. The risk of skin cancer though is particularly high in people who spend a lot of hours in the sun, or the people who have a fairer complexion and lighter hair. It is also important to take generous amounts of sunscreen and spread it evenly across every surface of your face and neck.
Dermatologists today recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection against the sun. Sunscreen is supposed to be applied at least 20 minutes before you walk in the sun.
That’s not all. Even at home, it is pertinent apply sunscreen as sunlight still touches our skin through our windows! This is exactly why Sunscreen has become an essential part of everyone’s skin care regimen.
Where Does It Fit in Sunscreen Skin Care Routine?
Sunscreen today is dubbed as the ‘most important part of your skincare routine’ by many media outlets and beauty influencers. Social media is filled with people preaching the benefits of sunscreen and how much amount of sunscreen should be used. But where does sunscreen fit in? We know the basics of skin care are CTM: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. Right after this step comes the sunscreen. It’s best to use a strong sunscreen that has a Sun Protection factor (SPF) 30 to 50. This amount of SPF is required to fight sun damage and keep your skin from degrading. Once done with sunscreen application, you can apply your make up and go on with your day too!
One major concern with sunscreen for most people is its stickiness and heaviness. However, due to many technological advancements in the cosmetics industry, sunscreens now are more powerful and lightweight too. Dermafique Soleil Defense All Matte Sunscreen SPF 50 is one of the best sunscreens in the market. It has an oil-in-water emulsion formula that glides onto the skin and works perfectly well for normal to oily skin and has been dermatologically tested. It is powered by the Full Light Technology that is created to protect your skin from the entire Sun spectrum which includes UVA, UVB, Visible Light and Infrared Rays.
Dermafique Soleil Defense All Matte Sunscreen SPF 50 gives a non-sticky matte finish without leaving a white cast behind; hence it is a perfect for a day out without make up too. This sunscreen is fragrance-free and dermatologically tested on Indian skin. It suits normal to oily skin types very well. Hence. it makes for a great addition to your everyday skin care routine and the perfect base for your make up too!