Back to Basics - Sunscreen

"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2007, wear sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now."

Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's free (to wear sunscreen)

 

If you grew up in the 90's like me, you will be familiar with this odd song - everybody's free (to wear sunscreen). Although this 'song' is about everything other than the benefits of wearing sunscreen, it became a global hit, for the 'various pieces of advice on how to live a happier life and avoid common frustrations'. 

Unlike the song i mentioned, this blog is really going to be about sunscreen and the benefits of it. I'm a believer of getting the basics right. Sticking to the tried and tested skin care routines. Initially I thought it was something we applied only when we went on vacation, when we were out in the sun, near the beach - something we applied to avoid getting tanned. But as I grew up and read more about the benefits of sunscreen, I applied it everyday. Its one of those routines that is the most basic yet the most powerful in its long term benefits. 

Let's bust a few myths before getting to the benefits of Sunscreen:

1. The 'Sun protection factor' does not increase or add up if you layer a SPF15 foundation over a SPF15 sunscreen; it remains an SPF of 15 and NOT an SPF of 30.

2. We need to put at least one teaspoon worth sunscreen on our face and neck (never forget the neck!) alone to reap its full benefit - not to forget additional sun protection for your hands and other parts of your body that are going to be exposed in the Sun!

3. The SPF number - 15/20/30/50 does not indicate the number of minutes before you need to reapply the sunscreen. Scientifically it has been proven that it takes 10 minutes before your skin starts to burn under the sun, hence, you take the number after the SPF; eg. SPF 30 X 10 minutes = 300 minutes before you have to reapply the sunscreen. 

4. Your foundation with added SPF will not cover the amount of protection your skin really needs. Read point #2. If that was the case you would have to put 1 tsp of foundation on your face. And that's not a good look!

Okay! Now that that's covered, lets move on to the benefits of this powerful product:

1. Skin Cancer Prevention - the ozone layer is depleting and your skin needs protection from its harmful UVA and UVB rays which cause cancers like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. And the use and application of sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

2. Premature Aging Prevention - it slows down the development of wrinkles and fine line on your face.

3. It also helps in preventing blotchiness and red facial veins and overall improves the health of your skin.

In short, you can have a brilliant skin care routine with great products, make homemade remedies for 'fairer', 'glowly', 'dewey' skin etc, but it'll all be irrelevant if you don't protect your skin from something we come in contact with everyday.  So please make sunscreen a part of your beauty regimen unless you want your skin to look 70 when your 40. 

P.S - I'm currently using the Nivea Protect and Moisture SPF30. 

DISCLAIMER:

1.  As with any product, please use a small amount and test in on your skin for an allergic reaction.

2. Please choose a sunscreen according to your skin type.