Posted on March 01 2017
Choosing a sunscreen can be a tricky job. We know it's important to protect our skin from sun damage, but the many factors that come into play - not to mention technical stuff like SPF, UVA and UVB protection - can at times get downright confusing!
Lucky for you - we've got the top 5 tips you need to check out before buying a sunscreen.
Tip 1: Know your skin type
This is one of the key factors that you must take into account before buying a sunscreen. If you have a dry skin or normal skin buy cream-base sunscreens. If you have oily skin, you can invest in sunscreens that come in the form of a spray, liquid or gel.
Also, keep in mind that sunscreen for the face is formulated differently from sunscreen for the rest of your body. Read the label before you buy.
Tip 2: Choose a 'broad-spectrum' type sunscreen
Look for sunscreen bottles or tube which clearly mention "broad-spectrum’. They are specially designed to protect your skin from harmful UVA rays that cause skin ageing as well as from UVB rays that cause sunburn and skin cancer.
Tip 3: Water resistant or sweat proof
If you plan to be engaged in high physical activity, your sunscreen needs to be water resistant or sweat proof. This ensures it can stay effective in high humidity conditions when your body expels sweat or while you are swimming.
Tip 4: Stay away from toxic ingredients
Make sure to read the label. If the sunscreen lists ingredients like Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or Homosalate, stay away from buying as these chemicals will harm your skin. Take a look at the SPF number. On a regular days SPF 20 is ideal for your skin but for our harsh Indian summer SPF 30 to 50 will work best for your skin.
Tip 5: Allergic reaction
Not all sunscreens are meant to suit sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, the best advice for you is to once again read the ingredient list and look for products with the least amount of ingredients in it. Also, avoid skin irritating products like parabens, fragrances and dyes.