Why is it important to always use top sunscreen products, not just in the summer but all year round? All about sunscreens, tips on how to use it most effectively and recommendations for the best type of sunscreen.
Most of us are aware of the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure: sunburn, premature skin ageing, pigmentation, skin damage and ultimately, an increased risk of skin cancer. We also know that the best way to minimise these risks is to use top sunscreen products. Yet we often tend to downplay the above dangers and forget applying sun protection. Find out below why it is crucial to use the best sun protection, what are the most effective ways of applying it and the top products to use daily, in both sunny and rainy weather. In case you do not carry a bottle of sunscreen with you at all times we came up with 4 natural ways to protect your skin from sun.
Why is it so important to use sunscreen?
A recent study by the American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) has found that only 14% of women in the US apply sunscreen daily, despite it being the best preventative healthcare habit for your skin (aside from covering the skin with densely woven cloth). It is important to use sunscreen not only in the intense heat of the summer sun but also on an overcast day — as up to 80 per cent of the UV rays can pass through the clouds. Moreover, during the winters, the snow can reflect up to 80 per cent of the UV rays, greatly increasing the risks of sun damage.
What are the most common excuses that attempt to justify not using sun protection?
1. Sunscreen takes too long to apply.
With a steady hand and some practice, applying sunscreen is as quick as adjusting your bikini straps or replying to a text message.
2. Sunscreens contain toxic ingredients.
This is true for many products, but it is not a valid excuse — there are many high quality products, like the IONIQ sun care, that are safe to your skin and environment.
3. Sunscreens stick to the hands
With a newly developed formula, IONIQ sun care products have a pleasant consistency and do not cover your body in a heavy layer of oil that makes the sand stick to your body.
After outlining how important it is to use sunscreen and ruling out the most common excuses for not using it, we hope we managed to convince you to pack your sunscreen on the next beach holiday, as well as incorporating it into your daily routine — regardless of the weather.
What are the tips on effectively using your sunscreen?
1. Do not be misled that a 100 SPF means a 100 per cent barrier from the UV rays.
With a recent craze for creams with a sky-high SPF of 100, it is essential to highlight that they do not necessarily provide the highest protection from the harmful effects of the sun. If anything, they give you a false sense of security. Sunscreen with an SPF of 50 blocks 98 per cent of the UVB rays, while one with an SPF of 30 manages to protect your skin from 97 per cent of the UVB rays. The advice from the American Academy of Dermatology is to stick with an SPF 30, paying special attention to a thorough and regular application.
2. Choose a broad-spectrum product.
Ensure that you pick the best sun protection that includes filters guarding you against both UVA and UVB rays. Despite the comparable risk of skin cancer when exposing the skin to either, many modern sunscreens contain only a UVB filter, neglecting any protection from UVA rays. Additionally, a multi-functional product will also be “water-resistant,” which means that it will carry on protecting your skin even when you are sweating or swimming (and yes, even though it is “water-resistant” you will still need to re-apply it after getting out of the water).
3. Application is everything.
Make sure that you do not just quickly glide the cream over your skin. You should use an amount that covers all exposed areas of the body with a thick layer of the cream, even the hard-to-reach places. Re-apply it every two hours, or after every time you have been in the water.
4.Make sure that you go for good quality sunscreen solutions.
This is not synonymous with picking the priciest one but looking into crucial details like ingredient list (are they harmful to the environment?).
5. Different types of sunscreen
For more information on the type of sunscreen for daily use (in sunny or cloudy weather), visit our blog.
6. Worried about sunscreen staining your clothes?
The easiest remedy to removing sun cream stains from clothes, try laundry detergents made to cut through oils and grease. For natural solutions, go for baking soda or lemon juice.
What types of sunscreens are there?
In the old days, the only choice was a thick, white, and tacky oil-based sunscreen. It smelled, stuck to your hands, and would leave a white and oily layer after the application. Due to innovative formulations, modern sunscreen solutions not only avoid the above effects, but they also come in multiple formulas that best suit your everyday needs. From creams that securely cover your body in summer, lighter lotions for everyday use, sprays for a quick and fuss-free application, to our newest product IONIQ One.
The impact of products on the environment has become an urgent call. The drive to look after Mother Earth is a central value of IONIQ — our products are made from ingredients that rely on natural solutions, safe for your skin and non-toxic for the environment.
What are the important points to consider for an effective daily routine?
- Daily application, regardless of the weather. Choose the appropriate filter level for the weather.
- Sunscreen and make up!?: When wearing make-up, apply the sunscreen after the cream and before the foundation. Pick non-oily formulas that blend smoothly into your skin.
- If you have tattoos, see to protecting it from the sun. This will avoid sun damage, blurring or green spots.