Wearing sunscreen is a must, whether indoors or outdoors, throughout the year, every day. Looking for the perfect pick in a sun combater for yourself? Here are hidden aspects to look for while making your investment.
THE ANTI AGEING AGENT
Dermatologist Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder & medical director of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic, says, “When buying sunscreen, always look for UVA and UVB protection. UVA is the culprit for the skin’s early ageing and wrinkles and UVB causes sunburn. UVA protection is marked as PA (Protection grade) on the sunscreen bottle. PA +++ is considered good UVA protection. UVB protection is measured as SPF. An SPF 30 is recommended.” If you sweat a lot or live in a humid climate, then look for added water-resistant properties to prevent the sunscreen from wearing off easily. Adds dermatologist Dr Chytra V Anand, chief formulator and founder, SkinQ, “A Vitamin C (built-in) powered sunscreen works well in reducing tan, sun damage and preventing pigmentation.”
THE ANTI CLOGGER
Since sunscreen needs to be applied frequently, every day, does it block skin pores with sweat buildup? “Use a gel formulation, not very thick, to avoid causing excess oil production that clogs up your pores…
Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald