What Are Sunscreens?
Sunscreens are agents that help prevent ultraviolet (UV) rays from reaching the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA rays and UVB rays, both of which damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer . UVB light is the main cause of sunburn , while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, they are associated with wrinkles, loss of elasticity and other effects of photoaging . It also exacerbates the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays and UVA light is increasingly being considered a cause of skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to
fromprotect against UVA and UVB rays.
Sometimes it’s hard to choose what sunscreen to buy with so many options on the market. Gone are the days when an SPF8 cream was your only option, now you can set your makeup with an SPF powder, use a lotion or even a sun protection spray formula, and don´t let me start with the formulas, that´s a huge world of options… So what is the best one for you?
Liquid sunscreens are easy to use, cheaper than others and you can assure that it covers your skin.
Powder sunscreens are great to pop in your bag and easy to apply repeatedly; they also work perfectly in oily and sensitive skin.
Spray is a great option for people in a hurry, and it tends to be more sheer than traditional options.
Whichever you use, make sure that it’s as effective as your old standby liquid formulas. The fact of the matter is that it’s more important to wear sunscreen in the first place than which formula is better, and to make sure you’re wearing it year round so you’re not over-exposed to the sun.
Therefore, what really matters is the applying method you use because making mistakes can vary the results of your sunscreen, no matter which formula you’re using:
In the case of traditional lotion sunscreens tend to be easier to ensure you’re covering your whole face or body.
If you like the spray sunscreens, you need to make sure that you´re applying it correctly because usually half of the spray ends up in the air rather than on the skin, so we recommend you applying it indoors so that it doesn’t get blown away in the wind. On the other hand, it can be good to reach hard areas.
By using sunscreens correctly , skin aging is prevented, that is, the appearance of spots, freckles, ephelides and expression lines, in addition to avoiding skin cancer that is shown to be induced by light, whether solar or artificial.
Although powder sunscreens are easy to ensure coverage as traditional lotions, they can´t be used in the full body.
Also, try a formula with a little bronze pigment in it so you can see exactly where it’s going to make sure you have adequate coverage. As sunscreen should be an important part of your daily routine, layer sun protection on your face, re-application is the key to effectiveness.