In our previous post, we talked about the horrid things the sun does to your skin. (Check it out here) But when it comes to skin care, prevention is always better than cure. You might have heard that for the umpteenth time, but are you doing enough? Read on to find out.
Sunblock or Sunscreen?
Sun protection products are your best friends when it comes to fighting the sun, and understanding the different sunscreen functions is the first step to sun-proof skin. Sunblock, also known as physical sunscreen, acts as a shield against UV rays. It helps to reflect damaging UV rays as they hit the surface of your skin. Sunscreen, on the other hand, offers chemical protection by absorbing the UV rays at the surface layers of the skin. The UV rays are then released in a harmless form of energy, preventing them from damaging deeper layers of the skin. This is unlike sunblock, which blocks off all penetration. Find out more about the difference between sunblock and sunscreen here.
While sunblock is primarily formulated to shield off UVB rays, sunscreen takes care of the UVA rays. Therefore, choose broad-spectrum sunscreens for complete coverage. These sunscreens fuse the benefits of sunblock and sunscreen to block off both UVA and UVB rays.
The Sun Protection Factor represents the duration you can stay out in sun without burning. Everyone has a period of time they can stay in the sun before their skin starts suffering from burns. Multiply this figure by the SPF, that’s the amount of time you can stay in the sun safely. So for example, if it takes your skin 20 minutes before burning, an SPF15 sunscreen will lengthen it to 5 hours.
“The higher the SPF, the more covered I am.”
False. In fact, a SPF15 is about all you need. A SPF15 sunscreen filters out 93% of the UV rays, while SPF30 hits a mere 4% higher of 97% coverage. What’s more, the percentage hike decreases as you go up. The point of SPF isn’t so much about the coverage you get, but the duration you can stay protected. Moral of the story – Reapply your sunscreen regularly.
Choosing the Right One for You
Due to its thick formula, sunscreens are often comedogenic products. (Learn about why you should opt for non-comedogenic products) This will lead to another series of skin headaches for you in the long run. Check out more tips on how to choose your sunscreen here.
To counter this concern, Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (SPF20) offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays while pledging to be non-comedogenic, oil free and paraben free. Now, you can slather on your sunscreen generously without worrying about clogged pores.
Everyone dreams of having flawless skin without having to cake on layers of thick, greasy foundation. Available in two different tints, our Skin Perfecting Moisturizer provides the perfect blemish coverage for you while remaining light on your skin. Top it off with a water-resistant sunblock if you are going for a dip in the water, and you are ready to be the envy of your friends!
Sun care practices
“Even miracles take a little time.”
We couldn’t agree more with Cinderella’s godmother. Your trusted sunscreen needs a good 20 minutes before it is absorbed in the skin and ready to combat the sun, so don’t forget to apply it before you leave the house. Throughout the day, your sunscreen wears off as you sweat, hence it is important to reapply it.
The 4.5-billion-year-old star shines its brightest between 11am to 4pm. Do try to stay in the shade or protect yourself by using umbrellas with UV protection during this period of the day. Also, hydrating yourself regularly will help you fight the sun from within. Read more about the sun and sun care tips here.
Already suffering from sun-damaged skin? Stay tuned to our next blog post on how to salvage your skin.