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How to choose sunscreen for your skin

How to choose sunscreen for your skin


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It is important to check if the sunscreen suits your skin type because exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to skin issues like tanning, says an expert.
Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Dermaworld Skin and Hair Clinic, has rolled out a few pointers that could be considered before you buy your sunscreen:
Know your skin type
If your skin is oily, then go for sunscreen in the form of gel or spray as it won't make your skin appear oily. If your skin is dry, then go for lotions or cream as it helps to moisturise your skin.
Look for matte finish sunscreen
Sunblock which give a matte finish will help your skin look natural and also prevents your face from looking sweaty.
Go for UVA and UVB protection sunscreen
Photo-ageing and pigmentation is caused by UVA rays. On the other hand, tanning and skin cancer is caused by UVB rays. It is very important to go for a sunscreen which protects your skin from both of these harmful rays.
Look for SPF for UVB protection and look for PA for UVA protection. To fight harmful UVB and UVA, SPF30 protection and PA++ protection respectively is more than enough.
Make sure to put on plentiful sunblock
You can go for SPF30 or above, but if you are only using a little drop, your sunscreen will not help to protect you from sun. A handful sunblock is required to cover your face with sun protection.
No dangerous ingredients
Always check the list of ingredients on the flip side of the package. Make sure your sunscreen doesn't contain chemicals like oxybenzone as it can cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.
Manufacturing date
The newer the sunscreen, the better the efficacy of the product. The components in the sunscreen have a tendency to break down very easily.

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