Beat the Sun & Embrace the Sunshine this Summer!

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Suntan is the worst thing that happens to a girl. Don’t be disguised by the hot beach babe who made the tan look good (or the vice versa). For Indian skin… no freaking way! If you ask me, I’d say I wish day was night and night was day (if you know what I mean). I would give anything to get rid of the ever so glaring suntan! We cover ourselves up with scarves and gloves and jackets and summer coats and what not (even if our friends tease us for dressing up like ‘terrorists’). So what exactly is it that we are missing on?

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Why the suntan?

Suntan is coz of the UVA and UVB sunrays. The UV radiations stimulate our top layer cells to produce more melanin which darkens our skin in turn. This is our body’s natural defense against the UV rays.

How harmful it is?

Apart from darkening our skin it makes the skin patchy and dry. Continual exposure to sun may damage the cells in the top layer of our skin which ends up in premature ageing and is potential to cause skin cancer too. The damage caused by UV rays is irreversible so as they say “prevention is always better than cure”!

How to protect the skin against the UV radiations?

The best way is to protect your skin from direct exposure to the sun. So, no matter how much your friends tease you stick to the scarves, gloves and summer coats (summer umbrella is also an option). But that’s not enough, even when your skin is all covered you must use a sunscreen. Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun and repeat it in every 3 – 4 hours. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen daily, whether you go out or not.

How to choose sunscreen?

Most of the sunscreens provide protection against UVB rays only but UVA rays are no less harmful. Where UVB rays are responsible for the darkening, UVA rays make the skin dry and wrinkled. Make sure your sunscreen is equipped to protect you against both as half protection from sun is as good as no protection at all.

How to find out the UVA protection and role of SPF?

The protection from UVA is indicated by the PA rating on the pack. PA+++ is the highest ranked and provides maximum protection. SPF stands for sun protection factor. The more the SPF the greater and longer will be the protection. SPF 15 means it provides you 15 times more protection against the sun than nude skin.

Recommendation: Neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen range.

Now that you know everything about the UV protection and sunscreens, I hope it’d be easier to live with the blazing sunny summer days.