Why You Need to Use Sunscreen

A cosmetic kit is a quintessential part of any household, gender no bar. But does yours include a sunscreen lotion or cream? If no, here’s why it most certainly should

Sunscreen does exactly what the name suggests – screens you from the sun. The sun’s rays are damaging when exposure to it is excessive. Called UV rays, they cause sunburn, premature skin aging and, in extreme cases, even skin cancer.

Sunburn makes the skin extremely red and sensitive to touch. It can even lead to blistering and eventual peeling of the skin. In some cases, it can cause mild giddiness too. There are many other effects of sunburn which include cramping, chills, headache and a fast pulse rate. Though they are less common, they can be quite alarming.

Premature aging and wrinkles are a common manifestation of prolonged exposure to the sun. Another consequence of this is developing freckles on the areas most exposed to sunlight like cheeks, arms and the nose. The chances of people with fair skin developing freckles are higher.

SunscreenPeople who repeatedly expose themselves to the UV rays of the sun or tanning beds are susceptible to skin cancer. Skin cancer is of two types: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

To counter the harsh effects of the sun rays, using a sunscreen is imperative.

Here’s what dermatologists recommend:

  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen that has a SPF of 30 or higher. For lips, use a sunscreen balm with SPF of at least 15.
  • The sunscreen should have a broad-spectrum coverage which offers protection from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Sunscreen should be applied even when indoors and more generously when going outdoors
  • Apply sunscreen to all the exposed parts of the body. Reapply when exposure to the sun is prolonged.
  • Sunscreen application is a must even in winters and before and after a swim.

Adding a sunscreen lotion or cream to your makeup routine is not just cosmetic; it doubles up as a health benefit too.