Decoding Sunscreen!

Karen Alfonso , 17 May 2013
Sunscreen (photo courtesy | healthtrap)
Sunscreen (photo courtesy | healthtrap)

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I think I’ve harked enough about how essential it is to wear sunscreen. If you can’t tell the difference between sunblock and sunscreen and are clueless about what SPF to use, you’ve come to the right place.

Sunscreen
Sunscreen

Firstly, sunscreen is essential because it prevents harmful UV rays. It’s also the first preventive measure you can take to prevent ageing. Next time you plan on buying a sunscreen, here’s the glossary you should know.

UVA: This is the more harmful of the two. It penetrates the 2nd layer of the skin since they’re of longer wavelength.

UVB: Or Ultra Violet Rays – they penetrate just the first layer of the skin.

Sunblock: It’s an absolute for total protection for your skin. It tends to stay longer than suncreen.

SPF: Or Sun Protection Factor. A higher number generally denotes the protection against harmful rays. Since, we live in tropics – we are supposed to pick something in the range of 30-40 SPF.

Here’s another thing:

Remember to layer your clothing, wear long-sleeved cotton ensembles and reapplying your sunscreen every hour – even when indoors!

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