The Holy Grail Of Skincare - Sun Protection Creams

Introduction 

Sun rays are the best source of vitamin D, which is very important to keep our bodies strong. However, extreme exposure to sun rays can do some irreparable damage to your skin. Here’s where comes the role of a sun protection cream or sunscreen. A sun protection cream is a photoprotective topical product that protects the skin by deflecting or absorbing harmful UVA/B rays.  Not only that, this holy grail has a myriad of benefits, as discussed below:

Benefits Of Sun Protection Creams

  • UVA & UVB Rays - Sun rays are of two types, UVA (Longwave ultraviolet A) and UVB (Shortwave Ultraviolet B). While the UVB rays can burn the upper layer of the skin, UVA rays penetrate the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis. The intensity of the UVB rays varies from time to time, making it even more harmful as it increases or plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer. A sun protection cream can work as a saviour against these harmful UVA & UVB rays. The SPF in the sunscreen stands for 'Sun Protection Factor.' The higher the number of SPF higher its ability to block the UV rays.
  • Prevents premature ageing - Our skin is made up of several layers. Elastin and collagen are the fibres that help in keeping the skin younger. UV radiation damages these fibres. This results in premature ageing creating problems like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, discolouration, dullness and thinning. To avoid all these problems, you should use sunscreen lotion with SPF 50
  • Prevents skin allergies- Immense sun exposure can bring more than just tanning. There are several skin allergies that can cause redness to your skin. To avoid these skin allergies, you must use sunscreen with natural soothing ingredients that can help prevent these allergies. 
  • Neutralising free radicals - We all know that human existence is impossible without oxygen, but only if it is present in a non-reactive form. A single molecule of oxygen is very reactive. If not neutralised, it has a tendency to react with the protein, carbohydrates and lipids, causing cell damage. Antioxidants work in multiple ways to neutralise these free radicals. The preventive mechanism of antioxidants helps in suppressing the formation of free radicals. They also consist of many enzymes which help in repairing the damaged DNA. Some sunscreens contain natural ingredients rich in antioxidants like horse chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) that help improve the blood flow in the skin. This will eventually help regenerate new skin cells and make your skin fresh and firm. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen MatteGEL Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ is formulated with Horse chestnuts and vanilla extracts that neutralise these free radicals to keep the skin healthy.

How To Apply Sunscreen?

Sunscreen acts as a shield against all the problems causing sun rays to your skin; it is crucial to learn the proper technique to apply it to your skin to get the best results. 

  1. Timing is the key. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before leaving the house, this will give it enough time to work its magic, and it will be in full effect when you are out in the sun.
  2. Remember to apply sunscreen on all the exposed body parts of your body and not just your face. Reapply it every three to four hours if the sun exposure is for a longer duration of time.
  3. Apply sun protection cream even when you are at home. Our skin at all times is exposed to sun rays directly or indirectly. Although you can reduce the frequency of application when staying indoors.
  4. If you are a swimmer, remember to put on sunscreen before jumping into the water and after you are done swimming. Try our water-proof Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sports Daily-Defence UV Block Sunscreen SPF 50+. It shields you with its SPF 50 even while you take a dip!
  5. Quantity matters. You must apply enough sunscreen to cover all the body parts exposed to the sun. Remember, it's not a makeup product. Apply a thick layer of sunscreen for better protection.

Dos And Dont’s While Using Sun Protection Creams

  1. Choose the sunscreen with regard to the intensity of sun exposure. 
  2. You should choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion SPF 50 for your outing and a mild sunscreen for indoors.
  3. Ingredients play a significant role. Choose a sunscreen with the best natural ingredients for your skin. A gel-based sunscreen is best for easy absorption. It works well if used under makeup as it does not shift from your skin. 
  4. Don't use a cream-based sunscreen if you have oily skin, as it may clog your skin pores and cause problems like pimples.

Conclusion

Postponing that walk in the park or your market plans because of the fear of suntan? Not anymore! Don't let anything hold you back from wandering. Choose sunscreen wisely according to your skin type and apply generously- You're all set to head out