Sunday, October 11, 2020

Guest Post :: Why Should You Wear Sunscreen?

I have fair skin so I have always had to wear sunscreen, but I used to only wear it during the summer months; it wasn’t till I was a little older that I realized just how important it is to wear sunscreen every time you are out in the sun for an extended period of time. Today Emma Collins is sharing all about the importance of wearing sunscreen!

If you are someone who travels and works outside, sunscreen is a must-wear. Sun is a proven carcinogen and can adversely affect your skin.


There are two kinds of ultraviolet rays which are UVA and UVB, that affect the skin. UVB rays cause sunburn, freckles, and age spots. It mainly affects your epidermis. On the other hand, UVA rays have a longer wavelength and deeply penetrate the skin. This causes wrinkles and skin cancer.


And guess what? Experts recommend everyone to wear sunscreen throughout the year, even in the winter or even indoors, where the sun can penetrate through windows. Whatever your skin color, skin tone, or skin type is, you must have sunscreen protection. 

Here are the main reasons why you need to start including sunscreen to your daily skin prepping:


1.      Sunscreen serves as a shield to your skin from harmful UV rays. You can never be immune to the detrimental effects of the sun. There are two types of sunscreen you can use:


·       Chemical Sunscreen. ·       These chemicals absorb the sun's rays. They are transparent and can be useful under makeup. But, it does not last longer, unlike physical sunscreen. It can also irritate sensitive skin.   Solbar sunscreen is one example of a chemical-based sunscreen.

 ·       Physical Sunscreen. ·       The goal of this sunscreen is to create a physical barrier from the sun. Some of these are titanium oxide and zinc oxide. However, it produces a white cast on your skin. Fortunately, better formulations are being offered nowadays and are better for sensitive skin.


2.             It prevents the risk of skin diseases. By applying sunscreen to your skin, it protects your epidermis and dermis from deteriorating. Even your DNA and immune-protecting cells can be reached by UVA, resulting in skin cancer and hyperpigmentation.

How Long Does Sunscreen Protection Last?

If you choose what Sun Protection Factor provides better, you can select between SPF30 and SPF50 because they have a little difference. You can calculate how many hours can a sunscreen protect you and when do you need to reapply. 


Using the Fitzpatrick Scale, you can determine how many minutes you can stay under the sun without burning. You will multiply the sunscreen's SPF to the number of minutes you can stay under the sun. Moreover, it would be best if you also consider the climate when reapplying sunscreen.

How Much Sunscreen Do You Need to Apply?

Most of the instructions on your sunscreen say, "Apply a deliberate amount of sunscreen." However, to maximize the sunscreen's effect on your skin, you need a ¼ teaspoon of sunscreen.


If you are thinking of using a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or blemish balm cream as your sunscreen since it has SPF, you should reconsider because it is not enough. It can't fully cover your face since you'll be needing ¼ teaspoon of sunscreen. 

How to Apply Makeup with Sunscreen?

You can apply sunscreen first. And proceed to prime your face. After that, you can use any cream or powder incorporated with SPF to provide better coverage and maximize your sun exposure. Make sure to find a sunscreen that suits your skin type.

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