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Here’s why you should wear sunscreen all year round

In the summer, it's a no-brainer to lather on sunscreen when the sun's blazing. But guess what? Sunscreen isn't a seasonal affair. It's a year-round, all-weather skincare product that you skin desperately needs. So, let's talk sunscreen a bit more in detail – the good, the bad, and the confusing. From deciphering SPF to figuring out when and where to apply it, here’s your ultimate guide. Let's ditch the sunscreen myths and make sure your skin stays protected all year round. 

In This Article:

1. UV Rays Know No Season

2. Preventing Premature Ageing

1. UV Rays Know No Season

One common misconception is that UV rays are only strong during the summer. In reality, they are present throughout the year, even on cloudy days. Both UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage to the skin. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns, while UVA rays can lead to premature ageing. Therefore, protecting your skin from these harmful rays is crucial, regardless of the season.

Having said that, give your skin some serious protection with our two best sunscreens - Niacinamide & Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA+++ and Hyaluronic Acid & Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA +++.

The Niacinamide sunscreen gel is your sunscreen for oily skin as it protects against blue light and helps maintain healthy skin barrier. Whereas the Hyaluronic acid sunscreen gel is your armour and the best sunscreen for dry skin. This In-Vivo tested sunscreen looks after your skin’s natural moisture balance and skin barrier. 

2. Preventing Premature Ageing

If you didn’t know this already, let us tell you UV rays contribute to premature ageing. Yes, sun damage can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, robbing the skin of its appearance. The collagen and elastin fibers that give the skin its firmness and elasticity break down when exposed to UV radiation, leading to sagging and loss of skin tone. By applying sunscreen daily, you can actually slow down the process.

3. Protecting Against Environmental Factors

UV rays are not the only environmental factors that can harm your skin. Pollution, smog, and other environmental stressors can contribute to skin damage and accelerate aging. Sunscreen acts as a barrier, protecting the skin from these external aggressors and preventing the formation of free radicals. By incorporating sunscreen into your skincare routine, you create a shield that helps your skin withstand the challenges posed by the environment.

Besides sunscreen for your face, you also need a sunscreen lotion in your kit. To ensure you get complete protection, why not try out our Vitamin C & Pro-Ceramides Fluid Body Lotion SPF 50 PA++++! This one is a Clinically Tested ,In-Vivo SPF 50 PA++++ Body Sunscreen Lotion that has a non-sticky formula. It protects your skin against harsh light and environmental triggers.

4. Maintaining An Even Skin Tone

Sun exposure can lead to uneven pigmentation and the development of dark spots, commonly known as hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen helps prevent these issues by blocking the UV rays that stimulate the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Consistent use of sunscreen can help maintain a more even skin tone and reduce the appearance of existing dark spots.

To ensure your skin stays sane post your day out, make sure to cleanse your face with our Daily De-tan Cleanser with Niacinamide & Vitamin C. This one removes skin tan in 7 days and it also tackles skin woes like dark spots. 

5. Addressing Winter Sun Challenges

While winter in India may not bring snow, it certainly doesn't mean you're safe from UV rays. The cold season still poses a threat, as harmful UV radiation persists. Even without the snow, UV rays can be reflected by other surfaces, increasing your exposure. This reflection, akin to what happens with snow glare, heightens the risk of sunburn, particularly on the face. Therefore, applying sunscreen remains essential during the winter months to safeguard your skin from both direct and reflected UV rays. 

6. Sunscreen for All Skin Types

Some individuals with oily or acne-prone skin may be hesitant to use sunscreen regularly due to concerns about clogged pores and breakouts. However, there are numerous lightweight, non-comedogenic sunscreen options available that cater to all skin types. By selecting the right sunscreen for your skin, you can enjoy the benefits of sunscreen and protection without compromising your skincare routine.

Here’s what to remember when applying sunscreen 

Applying sunscreen is a simple yet crucial step in maintaining healthy and protected skin. To ensure you get the most out of your sunscreen and shield your skin effectively, here are some important things to remember:

  • Choose The Right SPF: Select a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) appropriate for your skin type and the level of sun exposure you anticipate. For everyday use, opt for SPF 50 sunscreen from UV-Squad. 
  • Apply Generously: Don't be stingy with your sunscreen. Apply it generously to all exposed skin areas, and don't forget commonly overlooked areas like the ears, neck, back of the hands, and tops of the feet. Under-application can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the protection.
  • Apply Early And Reapply Often: Put on sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors to allow it to be absorbed properly. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Even if a sunscreen claims to be water-resistant, it's still advisable to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Cover All Seasons: Sunscreen is a year-round necessity, not just for summers. UV rays are present in all seasons, and consistent application helps guard against both short-term and long-term sun damage.
  • Layering with Other Products: Apply sunscreen as the final step in your skincare routine to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Check Expiry Dates: Always check the expiration date to ensure the sunscreen is still effective.
  • Reapply After Towel Drying: Towel drying can remove sunscreen, so if you've been in the water or sweated heavily, make sure to reapply after drying off with a towel.
  • Protective Clothing And Shade: Combine sunscreen with protective clothing, hats, and seeking shade for comprehensive sun protection.

Conclusion

In summary, the importance of sun protection cannot be overstated, encompassing defence against UVA, UVB, and blue light. Beyond SPF numbers, consistent reapplication during extended sun exposure is crucial. UV-Squad stands out for its excellence in SPF testing through In-Vivo evaluations, ensuring effective protection against UVA radiation and sunburn. The brand's patented Pro Ceramide technology goes beyond conventional ceramides, preserving and restoring the skin barrier. Rooted in innovation, UV-Squad products epitomise a perfect fusion of technology and skincare efficacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Should I apply sunscreen even if I do not go outside?

A. Absolutely, yes. Even if you spend the majority of your day indoors, it's still advisable to apply sunscreen. UV rays can penetrate windows, and cumulative exposure over time can contribute to skin aging. Additionally, artificial lighting, especially from electronic devices, emits blue light that may impact the skin. A broad-spectrum, spf 50 sunscreen provides protection against both UV rays and potential blue light damage. 

Q:2 Can we avoid sunscreen in winter?

A. No, it is not advisable to avoid sunscreen in winter. While the temperature may be cooler, UV rays are still present. Therefore, applying sunscreen in winter is essential to protect your skin from both direct and reflected UV rays. Consistent sunscreen use throughout the year is a key practice for maintaining healthy skin.

Q:3 Should I use sunscreen at night too?

A. No, sunscreen is not necessary at night. Sunscreen is designed to protect the skin from the sun's UV rays, which are absent during nighttime. Applying sunscreen before bedtime would not provide any additional benefits and may interfere with the skin's natural regeneration processes that occur during sleep. Instead, focus on a nighttime skincare routine that includes moisturisers, serums, or treatments suitable for your skin type.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Feb 07, 2024
Fashion & beauty fanatic. Tea or coffee dilemmas. John Mayer vibes. Spilling words and swooning over skincare.

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