Sunscreen lotions are a must this summer. A good sunscreen serves two purposes namely, helping the skin maintain its natural oils and moisture, which can be lost through exposure to the sun’s radiation. Secondly, sunscreen also protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, whose destructive effects have increased remarkably with the reduction in the atmosphere’s ozone layer. Global warming has its devastating effects for the environment as well as our skin. Rising temperatures and humidity leaves a bad impact on the skin, which might result in sunburns.
Sunlight causes skin pigment cells, called melanocytes, to synthesize increased amounts of melanin, giving the skin a protective pigment or tan. But, while increased melanin can perform as a natural filter to keep harmful UV radiation from penetrating further into the skin, using sunscreen with a high SPF is more important, especially if you are fair-skinned or have a family history of cancer.
There are four basic skin types, each with a different level of tolerance to sun exposure. People with light skin comprise Type I, and their natural protection time (amount of time skin can be exposed to the sun without burning) is 5-10 minutes. The natural protection time of people with skin Type II, who have a somewhat darker complexion, is up to 20 minutes. Those with skin Types III and IV, who are much darker can stay in the sun for 30-40 minutes. That means fairer types are more prone to skin diseases due to the sun.
And if you are a white complexioned person, don’t worry GourmetGlam has compiled About.com’s list of the Best Nine Sunscreens out there.
Shiseido is a well-known skincare and cosmetics line, and the sun protection cream can be added as the sun protection and moisturizing step combined.
For an all-around sunscreen that you should just carry with you wherever you go, take Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch. It can be used on the face and body without feeling or looking greasy. The beauty of the Neutrogena sun care products is that they now contain Heloiplex, which protects against UVA rays.
Tinted moisturizer is a three-in one product. It is lighter than regular foundation with an SPF in it. It serves as moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen. According to About.com, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 is “hands down the best…on the market.”
Olay with UV protection is a facial moisturizer that has sunscreen, which fights the aging process in skin.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Moisturizing Care is a facial moisturizer good for all skin types, but it does have shea butter, which can be greasy.
Eucerin is a drugstore brand particularly or dry skin.
Bull Frog is the best for the rest of the body because it’s lightweight and long lasting.
Iehl’s Ultra Protection Water-Based Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15 is something that can be regularly used for daily beauty routine -very similar to facial toner and moisturizer.
One must use common sense, and always avoid any overexposure to the sun.