After setting out to your perfect summer vacation; you pick up your favorite sunglasses, a nice cold drink, a sunscreen lotion or spray and head out to the beaches, enjoy the summer sun, maybe get yourself a nice bronze tan. But there are lots of sunscreens on shelves to choose from and it is a bit confusing to understand which one is suitable for your skin? Well, read on to find out what is what in the world of sunbathing and sunscreens.
The Sun emits various kinds of light waves; visible light and invisible radiations. Ultra Violet (UV) is one of the invisible radiations that reaches Earth. It helps our bodies synthesize Vitamin D which it’s key to balance Calcium in our bodies, and is vital for the function of the nervous system. Vitamin D protects against Osteoporosis and of major importance to the bone growth and maintenance. It causes that magnificent bronze tan as a side effect as well.
There are two types of Ultraviolet radiations (UV) we are exposed to: UVA and UVB,
Excessive amounts of UVB causes sunburns and freckles, while excessive amounts of UVA causes damage of collage fibers which leads to wrinkles, aging and might cause skin cancers. That’s why we use Sunscreens or sun blocks. A sunscreen is a product that is applied on the skin to absorb or reflect some of the Sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
With hundreds of sunscreens available in pharmacies nowadays in different forms (lotion, creams, gels, stick, spray), it has become harder to find what is the most suitable products. Here are some sunscreen facts to help you out:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
You need to have an adequate protection against UVBs with your sunscreen, on every product there is an SPF rating. The SPF factor rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburns caused by UVB rays. If you’d normally burn in 10 minutes, SPF 15 multiplies that by a factor of 15, meaning you could go 150 minutes before burning. For the vast majority of people, SPF 15 is fine but for people with very fair skin, or sunlight sensitivity SPF 30 is recommended. Higher SPF ratings than 50 doesn’t mean it offers higher amounts of protection
Protection against UVA, is equally important although there is no rating available to tell you how good a sunscreen is in protection against UVA, You can look for a sunscreen that contains at least one of the following ingredients, Ecamsule, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide, Sulisobenzone, or Zinc Oxide. Any of these will offer you protection against UVA. Some European sun-screen products have the UVA seal printed on them, which would be very helpful in this case.
Water-Resistant and Waterproof
Water-resistant and waterproof products are a perfect choice if you need protection from UVs while being in the water (where we normally would be) When a sunscreen is water-resistant, it means that it will maintain its degree of sunburn protection after 40 minutes of water exposure. A waterproof product will maintain sunburn protection after 80 minutes of water exposure. You will still need to reapply the sunscreen after coming out of the water to maintain the protection.
Sunscreen for Kids
The sensitive skin of babies and children can be irritated by chemicals that are present in adults sunscreens, so avoid sunscreens with Para-Aminobenzoic Acid, Dioxybenzone, Oxybenzone, or Sulisobenzone. Children’s sunscreens use ingredients less likely to irritate the skin, like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Unlike chemical ingredients, these protect babies’ skin without being absorbed.
The Form Factor!
Sunscreens are available in different forms lotion, stick, gel, sprays and creams, the choice depends on your skin type and personal preference. If you are trying to avoid a greasy feel, try an oil-free product. If you are worried about the sunscreen stinging your eyes while sweating during activity, choose a sports sunscreen. They dry quickly and often come in a stick form.
What do you know about Sun burns?
A sunburn is a burn to the living tissue, caused by excessive amount of UV radiation commonly from the sun rays. The symptoms are reddish skin that is hot to the touch and a general fatigue. Sunburns heal by themselves and the most important thing is to avoid exposure to the sun while healing, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, but Aspirin should be avoided.
How to wear your sunscreen?
-Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. For women, sunscreen can be applied under makeup.
-Use about 1 ounce (or 2 tablespoons) to cover your whole body.
-Don’t forget the easy-to-miss spots, like the tips of your ears, your feet, the back of your legs
-No matter how long-lasting it’s supposed to be, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, and more often if you’re sweating or getting wet.
-Pay attention to the expiration date on the bottle. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time.
-It is not advisable to apply sunscreen on a sweaty skin, so before applying it, seek some shade and cool down for a bit, and then apply the sunscreen.
-Avoid the sun from 10 AM to 3 PM, the highest amounts of harmful UVs are during that period.
A eye-opening video highlighting the effects of UV rays on skin has been created by pioneering French dermo-cosmetic brand, Bioderma to raise awareness of the importance of effective sun protection and the need to use sunscreen whenever we’re outdoors.
The movie, which has already enjoyed almost 100,000 views online, was filmed during Bioderma’s Beach Day Out held in Dubai at the beginning of summer. Beachgoers at the event crowded the Bioderma stand to be filmed by the UV camera, enabling them to see the exact effects the sun has had on their skin. They then applied Bioderma’s revolutionary new Photoderm MAX Aquafluide sunscreen to their skin to see the effectiveness of using sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
Understanding the importance of sun protection is vital in order to preserve our skin’s health but many of us still find some suncare products unpleasant to use – too thick, leaves a white residue, or too greasy in texture due to various ingredients contained in the formula.
Bioderma’s Photoderm MAX Aquafluide sunscreen is an ultra-light, easily absorbed lotion that disappears without a trace, but offers exceptional sun protection.
View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCPx2dItv10