Wednesday, 31 July 2013
SUNSCREEN JARGON DECODED
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UVA rays cause long term damaging effects like premature ageing, pigmentation and wrinkling. Recent studies indicate that UVA rays also cause skin cancer as they penetrate deep in the skin cells.
UVB rays cause tanning, sunburns and skin cancer
SPF- Only determines how long you can stay in the sun without burning caused by UVB rays.
SPF (Sunburn Protecting Factor)- Standard recommendation by American Academy of Dermatology is a minimum of 30
BROAD SPECTRUM – Indicates both UVA and UVB protection
PA RATING- Denotes UVA protection, with anywhere from ‘zero to ++++’ indicating lowest to highest.
For Indian skin, a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30++ is recommended
PHOTOSTABLE FORMULA- This means that sunscreen won’t break down once exposed to light
USAGE- Apply 15 minutes before stepping out and make sure to reapply every two hours and especially after swimming or if you are on the beach
LBBS says before making an investment, analyze your skin type, color, sensitivity and read reviews of the products you are considering
Last and a very important point, sunscreens are good for 6-12 months after opening. Don’t use them beyond 1 year
Stay protected, stay stylish!