By Mr. Rajat Mathur, Manager, Kiehl’s India
As far as skincare is concerned there are quite a few things, like toning, masking, and essence that are optional. However, the one key step that should not be up for debate is wearing sunscreen which also happens to be the foremost overlooked aspect of skincare. Most of us are aware of the need of wearing sunscreen to minimize sunburn and damage during the summer months, but it should be a year-round preventive health measure. If you want to protect the appearance and health of your skin at any age then wearing sunscreen is the most effective and simple strategy. When used frequently, sunscreen can prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.
Now the question arises who should use sunscreen? Everyone is the short answer! Every day, men, women, and children over the age of six months should apply sunscreen. This covers both individuals who tan easily and those who don’t – remember, whether you burn or not, sun exposure damages your skin over time.
How can you choose the best sunscreen for you when there are so many options? the best sunscreen is the one you’re most likely to use, if it’s safe and effective, has an SPF of 15 or above, and is broad spectrum. Learn about your alternatives so you can make the best decision as per your skin type –
- Normal Skin –
If you have normal, uncomplicated skin, the decision is simple. You can use any high-quality sunscreen, whether it’s a spray, lotion, or stick. Normal skin types can use any high-quality sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF if you have a fair skin tone. While an SPF of 30 is the bare minimum, an SPF of 50 or higher is advised.
- Oily Skin –
For persons with oily skin, cream sunscreens might feel sticky and heavy. Water-based sunscreens are preferable. If you have oily skin, look for one with a matte finish so that your skin does not appear excessively oily after application. Ingredients such as green tea, tea tree oil, and niacinamide in sunscreen can also help reduce oil production.
- Dry Skin –
If you have dry skin, your main goal should be to add extra moisture. In this case, you can always benefit from a moisturizing sunscreen in the form of a cream to apply over your moisturizer. Sunscreens rich in moisturizing ingredients such as ceramides, glycerine, hyaluronic acid, and honey are all ideal.
- Combination Skin –
If you have combination skin, you are probably dealing with the oily areas of your face. Therefore, when it comes to sunscreen, choose a light gel-based one that does not overwhelm the oily zone. In short, you should choose something that is light enough for oily areas, but smooth enough for dry areas of the face.
- Sensitive Skin –
If you have sensitive skin, please use a sunscreen that contains skin-friendly ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that have a high sunscreen effect.
Avoid using sunscreen with parabens or oxybenzone. These can cause rashes and inflammation.
- Acne-prone Skin –
If you have acne-prone skin, you should carefully choose your sunscreen. Instead of choosing one that contains harsh ingredients, choose a non-greasy, fragrance-free sunscreen lotion or spray. There is also a high SPF sunscreen specifically designed for acne-prone skin types. Look for the words non-comedogenic or non-pore clogs in your sunscreen before you buy it.
Sunscreen is an important part of a skincare routine. This includes looking for shade, avoiding UV sunburn, and wearing protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses. By educating yourself, you meet your specific needs, give you the best protection from the harmful rays of the sun and help ensure that you use it on a regular basis. You can confidently choose your sunscreen product.