With so many types of sunscreens out there in the market, it can be extremely difficult to understand the right fit for your skin tone and requirements, and which one will give you the maximum protection.
What type of sunscreen will suit my skin?
If you have oily skin, you can use a sunscreen that comes in a gel or a spray formulation. This will prevent it from clogging your pores and will not leave a greasy feeling or a sticky shine on your skin.
If you have dry skin, you should go for a sunscreen that has more of a cream bases, as this will help to prevent any dryness and give you protection for longer. You can also use a lotion or moisturizer kind of sunscreen that is easier to glide over dry skin and will not leave dry or white patches on your skin.
What type of finish should I look for?
Always try and choose a sunscreen that has a matte finish, as this will prevent the product from becoming sticky or runny, and you won’t have the risk of having a whitish cast on your skin.
UVA, UBV or both?
Both. UVA protection will protect you against the damaging effects of the sun that can cause hyperpigmentation and also causes photo-ageing, while UVB protection will protect you against the cancer causing damages from the sun and also prevent skin from tanning.
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What is the typical shelf life of a sunscreen?
While typical shelf life of the sunscreen could range between 18 months to about two or sometimes even three years, it is always best to use a sunscreen that has the most recent manufacturing date, because it will give you the best results and the most effective protection.
The various ingredients in a sunscreen can break down very easily, which means that the more time they are around, the lesser effective they will be.
Is it okay if I wear makeup that has some SPF in it?
It is good to have makeup products with SPF in it, especially for days when you forgot to put on sunscreen but still get some protection through the SPF makeup. But these products don’t offer much sun protection, so if you use them regularly as a replacement to sunscreen, you won’t really get any protection against sun damage.
Don’t just wear sunscreen on sunny days, but wear it every day at least 30 minutes before you head out, to get the maximum possible benefits.
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