Winter or summer, the African sun can be harsh, exposing your skin to harmful ultraviolet radiation. The easiest way to protect yourself is using the right sunscreen every day – be it sunny, windy, or cloudy. Gumtree explains why sunscreen is a vital part of a skincare routine for better skin and health:
- If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may be susceptible to sunburns. The damage from constant sunburns can lead to blistering, premature wrinkling and even skin cancer. Using a sunscreen can reduce the risk of sunburns.
- Continuous exposure to the sun can adversely affect your skin cells and collagen, leading to wrinkles or a leathery texture to the skin. A good sunscreen can prevent these signs of early aging.
- Using the right sunscreen can reduce inflammation and painful redness, especially for those with sensitive skin. You can also use sunscreen to prevent skin discolouration, sun spots or ‘liver spots’.
Understanding the umpteen benefits of sunscreen is the first step. However, choosing the right sunscreen for your skin is as important. Gumtree explains how to choose a sunscreen that can truly help your skin:
- Broad spectrum protection: UVA rays can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, while UVB rays lead to sunburns and cancer. Using sunscreens labelled with broad spectrum protection can act as an effective shield against UVA and UVB rays.
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF): The SPF of a sunscreen is one of its most important characteristics. It is recommended to always choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above for superior protection
- Water-resistance: If you love swimming or spending time at the beach, choose a water-resistant sunscreen. However, it is important to remember that no sunscreen on the market is completely waterproof. Always reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, especially when you are swimming or sweating.
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