Expert tips to invest in the right sunscreen for your skin

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jan 2018 11:38:04



If you are sunning without using a sunscreen, it can do more harm than good. Blistering summer is officially here, so you need to seek solutions. From sun-spots to freckles and even skin cancer, the harmful UV rays are something you need to avoid at all costs. Broadly, lotions and sun-guards containing SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 20 to 35 are suitable for Indian skin types, but all may not agree with your skin type. So, we spoke to well-known Beauty Expert and Director of ALPS Clinic and Academy Ms BhartiTanejato to help you pick out the perfect sunscreen.

Date Of Manufacture

The ingredients in the sunscreen tend to break down very easily, even while on the shelf. Hence, it is important to buy the freshest stock possible. Try and get through with one before buying another so that no sunscreen is stocked in your closet till its expiry.

Build an arsenal

It’s advisable to have different sun protection creams for face and body to get maximum coverage. Sunscreen for the face has to be of really fine texture or use a light-weighted mist spray to avoid breakouts and oily skin. On the other hand, you need to use thick-layered sunscreen creams on your arms, legs or any other exposed part of the body.

Ace the SPF game

The rays of the sun affect the fair complexion most easily. So, lotions having SPF 30 is the best for people having a lighter or whitish complexion. Meanwhile, dusky beauties can play it safe with SPF 20. However, if you are heading to the seaside, invest in creams with SPF 30 to 50.

Presence Of Titanium Dioxide Or Zinc Oxide

When checking the ingredient list, look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These are ingredients added to the product for UV protection. But only zinc oxide can make your face look pale and ghostly.

Know the extras

Apart from the texture and SPF, choose a sun-protection lotion that works best for your beauty regimen. If you are prone to sweating or have a habit of swimming in the daytime, opt for waterproof or water-resistant ones, which means that after the application of the lotion, even if you wash your face with water, the lotion will not wear off. These sunscreen lotions last up to 80 minutes in water and water-resistant sunscreen lotions can last up to 40 minutes in water. Also, carefully scan the ingredient label to identify if your skin is allergic to certain things. Different sunscreens have different ingredients, so pick one that has mostly natural ingredients.

Stick to your skin type

Your skin type also makes a huge difference to the potency of your sunscreen. If you have oily skin, make sure you use gel-based sunscreen or soufflé, mousse, powder or water-based sun-protection to avoid looking greasy. However, if the summer season has dried your skin, you can go for a thicker sunscreen, which has some greasy or oily effect in it. It will eventually hydrate your skin besides protecting you from the sun. Spray and powder sunscreens are mineral-based and contain nanoparticles that can enter the bloodstream and cause various health issues. Avoid such products and stick to cream-based sunscreens.

Acne-prone Skin

Water-based sunscreens are available in the market. If you have an oily or acne-prone skin, use a water-based sunscreen. These do not cause your skin to break out like oil-based creams.

Kid-friendly Sunscreen

Kids need sunscreens as much as we adults do. But be very careful while choosing a sunscreen for them. Children have sensitive skin, and the ingredients in the sunscreen may cause allergic reactions. Do a little research and buy a cream specially manufactured for kids. These sunscreens do not contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzophenones and are gentle on the skin.

Expiration Date

Last, but not the least, check the expiration date on the package. This should become a habit for all of us while buying any product. A product past its expiration date can cause severe harm as the ingredients tend to degrade with time.
(Credit Roll - Bharti Taneja, Director of Alps Beauty Clinics and Academy)