As hot summer days are going on, sunburns are very common. I have seen some severe sunburn cases and people are complaining about getting tanned so I just felt like dedicating this post to sunscreens and sunblocks. Also, it is time for back to school, I feel like sunblock is the necessity of time.
In this post, I will be talking about
- the need of a sunscreen/sunblock
- application of sunscreen/sunblock
- my sun care routine
I also wanted to talk about my favourite sunblocks and some suggestions too but this post will be way longer than my normal posts so I’ll talk about the products in my next post which is here. Enough rambling now let’s get into it.
What is a sunburn?
A sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet radiations of the sun.
What is the difference between Sunburn and Tan?
Tan is usually considered as sunburn but they both are quite different things.
Sunburn is burning and damaging of skin when exposed to the sun while tanning is the protective mechanism of the skin to prevent damage during this exposure. During tanning skin produces Melanin, that is a darker colour pigment, which protects the skin against sun burn.
Talking about symptoms
Sunburns come with pain, burning sensation, redness, and sometimes swelling and blisters as well.
A sunburn can last from 3 days to up to 4-5 weeks depending on the damage it has caused to the skin.
Not every body’s skin responds in the same way during exposure to sunlight. Warm toned people are very lucky in this context as they are least prone to sunburns whereas cool toned people are more prone to sunburns. Also, red haired people are more susceptible to sunburn.
Now, this was the background knowledge of my today’s topic which I wanted to share just because if you know all this only then you can fully understand the importance of a sunscreen.
Now, what is a sunblock or sunscreen?
Sunblock or Sunscreen is a lotion or a spray which absorb and reflect back the UV radiations of the sun thus protecting the skin from damage. There is a slight difference between a sunblock and a sunscreen too. Sunblock is said to protect from UVA radiations whereas Sunscreen is said to protect from UVB radiations.
But that doesn’t matter much because nowadays Sunblock and Sunscreen come with both the formulae combined in one product.
They not only prevent sun burns but also stop your skin from tanning. As UV rays don’t reach your skin, the skin doesn’t need to do protective measures thus no tanning happens. Other than this, UV rays also cause skin cancer and age your skin by inducing wrinkles and age spots. Read the article on this HERE. So when you block UV rays you block skin cancer and skin ageing too.
Sunblock/Sunscreen is a very important part of one’s skin care routine. You need to apply sunscreen on every single day. Whether it is a sunny, cloudy, windy or rainy day, or if it is winter season where sunlight is dim, Sunscreen must be applied because even on cloudy, windy or winter days sunlight may not reach you directly but the UV radiations are still there especially between 10 am – 3 pm.
APPLICATION OF SUNSCREEN
When to apply sunscreen?
Sunscreen must be applied to your skin 30 mins before exposure to the sun.
Where to apply sunscreen?
Sunscreen must be applied to all the skin area that is exposed.
How to apply sunscreen on to the face?
Take a small amount of sunscreen onto your fingers and dot it all over your face. Then just blend it into your skin until the product gets absorbed perfectly.
Do we need to retouch sunscreen?
Yes, sunscreen needs to be retouched every 2-3 hours depending on the product.
MY SUN CARE ROUTINE
I don’t do makeup every day but Sunscreen is a must for me. I cannot leave my house without a sunscreen. Here is how I do my sun screening.
- As always, starting with a fresh clean and cleansed face.
- I cannot go without a moisturiser so yeah I apply sufficient amount of moisturiser to my skin and let it sink in.
- After this, I take a small amount of sunblock and dot it all over my face.
- Next, is blending into my skin so it gets fully absorbed.
- After this, I pack my sunscreen with a small amount of face powder so that it doesn’t get off easily due to oils secreted by my skin or sweat.
- Apply a lip balm with SPF on your lips and you are good to go.
This is it for today. Sorry for the delayed blog, there were some bad happenings around me due to which I couldn’t focus on blog. I hope this post was useful for you guys. Make sunblock your habit and let your skin look young for 10 more years.
If you want to know my essential sun care products or my favourites sunblocks, check here.
Also as we talked about sunburns I will post about treating sunburns too real soon.
If you have any queries regarding sunburns and sunblocks do ask in the comments and I will love to respond you guys.
That’s it for now.
Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate that.