Summers might be almost over but that doesn’t mean that our skin needs no protection from the sun. Sun damage can happen in any season and even when you are sitting indoors. By now most people are already aware of the damage the sun rays cause to our skin. However, a lot of people still do not know what kind of protection they need and from what.
Sun rays that reach us are of two types – UVA (Ultraviolet A) and UVB (Ultraviolet B). UVA rays are the long wave ultraviolet rays that penetrate deep into the dermis which is the skin’s thickest layer. Overexposure to UVA rays can result in premature skin aging and occurrence of wrinkles. UVB rays are the short wave ultraviolet rays that are responsible for burning and tanning the top layer of our skin and plays an important part in development of skin cancer.
Also, an important thing to be noted is that SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates the level of protection from UVB rays where as PA indicates the protection level from UVA rays. Hence, while looking for a good sunscreen you need to keep in mind a few things. Firstly, that it should be broad spectrum i.e it should protect you from UVA as well as UVB rays. Secondly, the level of SPF and PA protection.
Delhi summers, as we all know can be pretty daunting. I have been trying out both, the VLCC Glow+ Sun Block Lotion (SPF 20 PA++) and the VLCC Hydrophobic Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 50 PA+++). These sunscreens offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
The Glow+ Sun Block Lotion (SPF 20 PA++) is a light weight lotion. It contains sandalwood extract, saffron extract, wheat germ oil and aloe vera extract among other ingredients which give a nice healthy glow to your complexion after a few uses only. It gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. It doesn’t leave any white cast on the face. It can be used for all skin types. I use this one mostly on days that I don’t have to step out in this scorching heat or have less exposure to the sun.
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The Hydrophobic Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 50 PA+++) is thicker in consistency as compared to the Glow+ Lotion. However, it does contain a much higher level of SPF and PA+++. It takes sometime to get absorbed into the skin, but once absorbed, it provides protection from the sun for a long period of time. It contains raspberry seed oil which not only has moisturising properties but also has a high sun protection factor. It also has anti-aging properties and is known to improve the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. This sunscreen is paraben free and water resistant. I apply this one when I have to be out in the sun for a long period. It is ideal for people who go swimming.
VLCC has a really vast and amazing range of sun care products. There have different products for different kinds of skin types and different levels of sun protection level. A lot of there sun care products contain herbal ingredients. The products are very affordable and extremely efficient.
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Sun Protection Tips:
- Apply atleast a teaspoon worth of sunscreen to protect your entire face from sun damage.
- Apply sunscreen atleast 15 minutes before stepping out in the sun.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 3-4 hours to ensure maximum protection.
- Do not forget to apply sunscreen to other body parts that are exposed to ultraviolet rays like hands, neck, feet etc.
- SPF 30 or less and PA++ is adequate for people who have less exposure to direct sun rays whereas SPF of more than 30 and PA+++ is ideal for people who have continuous exposure to the sun.