Sunlight contains some rays that are harmful to your skin. These are the ultraviolet rays and these are not in the visible spectrum. They are not filtered out by the ozone layer and so they reach the Earth’s surface and can cause damage to your skin and can even lead to skin cancer. That’s why it’s important that you take proper measures to protect your skin.
UVA rays and UVB rays are ultraviolet rays of different wavelengths. The short wavelength UVB rays causes sunburn and can lead to skin cancer through overexposure. UVA rays are long wavelength rays that can penetrate deep into the skin and can cause permanent skin damage like wrinkles, sagging skin, skin discoloration, and so on. Using a good sunscreen is a vital step to protect yourself against the negative effects of exposure to sunlight.Kaya Skin Clinic Sunscreen Review
Why Sunscreens Should be a Vital Part of Your Skin Care Kit
Sunlight is vital for life on earth. Yet, like everything else on earth, sunlight also has a negative side. Skin damaging rays like UVA and UVB rays can lead to premature aging, and even skin cancer. Sunscreens should thus be an integral part of your skin care routine.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays exist all year round and the intensity of UVB rays may vary by season and region. However, UVA rays, often referred to as the silent killers, are always potent throughout the year and they penetrate more deeply into the skin.
Ultraviolet rays are invisible to the human eye. UVB rays and UVA rays are not blocked out by the ozone layer, they freely reach through the atmosphere and form part of the sunshine you are exposed to when you go out to work or to enjoy a day out on the beach.
UVB rays are short wavelength rays, they do not penetrate deep into the skin. Yet, they are the cause of sunburn and are directly linked to skin cancer. So, most sunscreens are optimized to offer protection against UVB rays.
UVA rays are longer wavelength rays. They can penetrate very deep into your skin and can damage skin cells and the collagen that gives shape and firmness to skin. This results in wrinkles, sagging and premature aging through long exposure. UVA rays also affect skin pigmentation and can cause skin discoloration and sun spots.
Sunscreens for Skin Protection
Your skin is your first layer of defense against external factors that can cause damage and injury to your body. A sunscreen is the ideal solution to shield yourself against unhealthy UV rays. Look for sunscreens with an SPF or Sun Protection Factor of 15 or higher. SPF 15 indicates that the sunscreen can block out 93% of UVB rays. SPF 30 rated sunscreens can block out around 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 rated sunscreens shield you against 98% of UVB rays.
However, don’t go by the SPF rating alone. Look for broad spectrum sunscreens. These are formulated to provide you proper protection against UVA rays as well as UVB rays.
A sunscreen for face, sunscreen for your body, moisturizer sunscreens, heavy sunscreens that are waterproof are some of the options you have. Choose based on your requirements and add them to your summer skin care routine.
Choosing Your Sunscreen
While buying a sunscreen, take into consideration your sensitivity to sunlight, your skin type and whether you want a sunscreen moisturizer or a special sunscreen that offers heavy-duty protection against sun damage.
If you have a sensitive skin type and you just want a sunscreen that can shield you against the sunlight that enters the office while at work, you can use products like Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 or Kaya Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin SPF 15. If you have an oily or combination skin type, you can buy a sunscreen for oily skin like Kaya Ultra-Light Aquagel Sunscreen SPF 25 which is a broad spectrum gel-based lightweight sun protection cream.
If you are planning a day out playing volleyball or spending timeout on the beach, use a heavy-duty sunscreen like Kaya Sweat Proof Sunscreen. This sunscreen is fragrance-free and is hypoallergenic. So, it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Irrespective of age or gender, a shield against harsh sunlight is important. Even short exposures to bright sunlight can eventually add up and cause severe skin damage. So, do not ignore your sunscreen, use it whether you are going out for five minutes or five hours. Use it on cloudy days as well as on bright sunny days. Use good sunscreens even during the cold months. As your face is the most exposed part of your body, buy a good sunscreen for face, and use it every two hours if you remain out in the sun for long