There are many skincare myths about sunscreens making it difficult to choose the most suitable type for our skin type. Here is your full guide busting all the relevant myths, giving you tips on how to buy one, mentioning the ultimate usage of sunscreens, and listing the top 10 recommended face sunscreens you’ll need this summer.
Sunscreens should be applied outdoors during summer only.
Sunscreens should be applied every day during all seasons of the year. This is because sunscreen’s main benefit is to protect your skin from the damage caused by harmful ultraviolet rays.
UV rays are present throughout the year, not just in summer, and are not blocked by clouds. Even when you’re indoors, sunscreen is a must! Not just because of the sun rays that penetrate windows, but the blue light emitted by smartphone screens, computer screens, and LED lights cause skin damage just like UV rays.
People with dark skin tones don’t need to apply sunscreen.
Although melanin protects dark skin from sun radiation, it’s not sufficient to prevent the damage that sun rays cause such as acne, aging, and skin cancer. On the contrary, hyperpigmentation, for example, is very common in people with a dark complexion.
While they have highly reactive melanocytes, excessive sun exposure, a bug bite, or a pimple can activate those melanocytes leading to dark spots and discoloration. If you have dark skin, you have to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or less.
Sunscreens leave a white mark on the face.
This applies to sports sunscreens only. Most sunscreens that are related to beauty care don’t leave any marks on the skin.
Factors to consider when buying sunscreen:
- Water-resistant: You might not need this in your daily usage. However, it’s smarter to buy one so you can also use it during swimming. Take care as it only resists water for 40-80 minutes.
- SPF: Sun protection factor (SPF) is a numerical factor that indicates the level of protection provided. A minimum of SPF 30 is recommended for everyday usage as it blocks 97% of sun rays. If you’re excessively exposed to the sun, use sunscreens with SPF 50.
- Broad-spectrum. Check this label on the sunscreen before buying it. This is important because it shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Your skin type: A gel-based sunscreen is recommended for oily skin. For combination and dry skin, either use a cream-based one or a sunscreen matte moisturizer. People with sensitive skin should consult a specialist before using any type.
Tips for usage:
- Apply sunscreen before your day cream and BB cream.
- Make sure to apply it 10 – 15 minutes before going out.
- When being in the sun for long periods, you shouldn’t just apply sunscreen once; you have to reapply it every 90-120 minutes and after sweating.
- Don’t forget to change the sunscreen’s brand every six months especially if you have oily skin. This is because your skin becomes immune to sunscreen after some time.
Top 10 face sunscreens:
- Avène Fluid Sunscreen
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios
- Uriage Bariesun Matt Fluid
- Vichy Capital Soleil Dry Touch
- Bioderma Aquafluid Photoderm Max
- Nuxe Sun
- Rhea Sunscreen Lotion
- Cleo Sun
- Eva Sun & Sea
- Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture
Avène Fluid Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Anthelios
Uriage Bariesun Matt Fluid
Vichy Capital Soleil Dry Touch
Bioderma Aquafluid Photoderm Max
Rhea Sunscreen Lotion
Eva Sun & Sea
Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture
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