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Sunprotection and Sunscreens : All you need to know about this!

Written by
Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Mar 15, 2017 and last reviewed on May 27, 2019   -  9 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Sun protection is the single most important measure of preventing or delaying problems like ageing of skin, wrinkles, pigmentation disorders like melasma, age spots etc. Thus protection from sun-exposure by physical methods and proper use of sunscreens is central to prevention and treatment of these problems. Unfortunately not many people know how exactly a sunscreen should be used to optimize its beneficial effects. This article will educate everybody about concepts of ideal sun protection and use of sunscreens.

Sunprotection and Sunscreens : All you need to know about this!
Contents

What is Sun Protection and Why is it Needed

Sun protection is simply guarding a body from the adverse effects of sunlight. Sun light consists of visible light and Ultra Violet (UV) radiation which are of three types – A,B,C of which UVA and UVB have detrimental effects on the skin on chronic exposure:

Tips to Prevent Sun Exposure

Proper Use of Sunscreens and Importance of SPF : Why, When and How

Sunscreens should be regularly used for the following reasons:

Once again, remember, for a sensitive skin even 2 minute sun-exposure e.g. going to veranda or morning walk may result in undesirable effects. If sun protection is not followed, it may result in counter-productive effects of the peel or other procedures, specially, worsening of hyperpigmentation.

Ideal way of using sunscreens:

Thus, follow more rigorous sun protection. Avoid getting a procedure (like chemical peel, MDA, IPL, Lasers) done if you anticipate going for vacation within a week of the procedure.

How to remove the sunscreen?

At the end of the day, warm water, soap and a bit of elbow grease are the best ways to get sunscreen off your skin.

Common Myths About Sun Exposure and Sunscreens

Adverse Effects with Sunscreens

 

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Last reviewed at:
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