The ultimate guide to choosing the perfect sunscreen

Get at least SPF 30 for your UVB protection and PA++ for your UVA protection. Read on to know more.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2016 2:03 pm
skincare regime, sunscreen, SPF, summer season, sun block Having the right sunscreen is very important. The right amount of SPF can help keep your skin healthy. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Know your skin type, then pick a sunscreen with a matte finish and the right amount of SPF to protect the skin from tanning and also from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Geetika Mittal Gupta, Dermatologist and Medical Director, ISAAC, shares a few tips:

* Analyse your skin type and choose a sunscreen accordingly. If you have an oily skin, opt for a gel or spray-based sunscreen. People with dry skin should choose lotions or cream-based sunscreen as it will be effective in providing both sun block and moisture.

* Choose a sunscreen with a matte finish. Your face would look fresh and won’t look shiny after applying it.

* UVA rays cause pigmentation and photo-ageing, while UVB rays cause tanning and skin cancer. It is vital to get a broad spectrum coverage that will block both these types of harmful rays. For UVB protection, look for the SPF symbol and for UVA look for the PA symbol.

* Get at least SPF 30 for your UVB protection and at least PA++ for your UVA protection. Sunscreen with a good SPF will help in battling the harmful sun rays, effectively.

* Check the list of ingredients on the flip side of the package. Make sure your sunscreen doesn’t contain oxybenzone as this hormone disruptor harms the skin and causes allergic reactions as well.

* The newer the sunscreen, the better the efficiency of the product. The components in the sunscreen have a tendency to break down very easily. Hence, it is important to buy a sunscreen with an early manufacturing date.

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