Skin Care

How much sunscreen you should be applying?

Being a skincare specialist Dr. Geetika always lay emphasis on using Sunscreen religiously without skipping a day as it is such a wonderful skincare product that shields our skin from harmful Uv rays, photodamage, free radical & plays a vital role as an anti-aging agent. When it comes to her favourite Sunscreen picks she loves the following sunscreen; 

  1. Fotoprotector Isdin Fusion Water, have 50+ plus Spf & besides protecting from the sun, offers a touch of color to leave the perfect skin. It has a water-melt formula, unprecedented technology that when applied to the skin, its UV filters are turned into water and offer invisible protection. It also contains active anti-aging (hyaluronic acid) and antioxidants (vitamin E). Its texture makes the absorption very fast and provides a refreshing sense of well-being. 
  1. Heliocare, combined with the state-of-the-art filters and active ingredients with the exclusive Fernblock® technology, It helps prevent and repair DNA damage caused by solar radiation, combats free radicals, which are responsible for cell damage, blemishes, and cutaneous photoaging. It also preserves the integrity of structural components of the skin, such as fibroblasts, collagen and elastin. This way, it helps prevent wrinkles, loss of firmness, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and visible signs of photoaging.
  1. Bioderma Photoderm Max 5o Spf offers dry touch finish and very high protection. With an association of UVA/UVB filters it offers optimised protection against the harmful effects of UV rays (sunburn, sun allergies, etc.) combined with an internal biological protection it activates the natural defences, protects cells and prevents premature skin ageing.

This is one of the most common misconceptions that prevails among people, they can skip the sunscreen if they are staying indoors or if it’s not sunny outside. However, they tend to be unaware of harmful UV A rays being emitted from indoor lights, screens we use or work on exposing us to premature aging. Hence, it is very important to give your skin the protection it needs, Apply a minimum of 30 Spf when staying or working indoors.

I generally do not believe that whatever is trending on Instagram is authentic and can be held accountable for but if a trend certainly has a thorough explanation for the benefit it says to offer, I vouch for it. Applying the same on three finger sunscreen application trend which has been making the whole Instagram go gaga is just the right kind of approach every individual should inculcate but it actually is correct to use two strips of sunscreen should be squeezed from the tip to the base of the index and middle fingers and applied to the face and neck .

But the researchers note that many people may be unwilling to cover themselves or their families with such a copious layer of sunscreen.

An alternative would be to apply one finger’s worth of sunscreen initially — knowing that the amount of protection will only be about half of the SPF written on the bottle — and then reapply another fingertip worth of product within a half hour of the initial application. Application of sunscreen using 2 finger length ensures it is being applied thoroughly and evenly on the face ensuring maximum protection from sun . An individual should always follow the ¼-½  teaspoon rule when it comes to identify the right quantity of sunscreen for face and neck . You must ensure that the sunscreen you apply is of minimum 30 Spf and offers broad spectrum protection.

In addition to my insights on sunscreen. Here are certain tips on how to apply sunscreen:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Follow these helpful tips when selecting a sunscreen.
  1. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
  1. Apply enough sunscreen. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
  1. Apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
  1. To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter.

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