Sun’s out, summer’s officially here and it is the season for beach vacations and lots of outdoor activities. Don’t just focus on the fun and forget protection! Everyone should be prepared and well-protected, wearing sunglasses, hats and most importantly sunscreen. There are so many products out there in the market, how do we choose the correct type for us?
Reading the label
Seen SPF, PA ++++ and wondered what they were? Confused by the numbers? Learning how to read the label of your sunscreen would be helpful in determining if it is the right one for you. SPF (sun protection factor) determines the level of protection the product has from UVB rays (the short wave from the sunlight which burns the top layers of our skin) and PA (Protection Grade of UVA rays) will tell you how much it protects you against UVA (the long wave ultraviolet rays which harms and penetrates deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer).
If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, the SPF factor will tell you how many times it can shield your skin from burning --for example if the product is of SPF 20, it will keep your skin protected for approximately 200 minutes. PA will determine the amount of protection from the strong UVA rays, where PA+ offers the lowest level of strength and PA+++++ offers the highest.
Choosing the right products
On casual days, going to the office and staying mostly indoors; you’d just want to make sure you’re still protected from the sun. Try Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF20, a lightweight SPF20 cream that is oil-free and puts on a light veil to shield your skin from the harmful UV rays. Not only does it give you protection, it is formulated with a high concentration of vine sap viniferine which can help to tighten your pores, reduce excess sebum secretion and perfect the appearance of your complexion. Its white texture can also serve as a skin
If you’re afraid of the sunscreen white tint, try the Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector 15G which is a clear formula which slides on your skin a layer of protection. In a convenient applicator, this stick is great for reapplication on the go and it also provides high level protection with its SPF50/PA+++++ formula.
Talking about easy application, a mist form sunscreen has to be the most convenient one. Not only is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Sun Cream Mist SPF50+ effective with its SPF50 formula, it is also made with care for especially fair, sensitive and sun-intolerant skin types. It works great over make-up, serves as a fixer and a 24-hour hydration barrier for your skin.
Been wanting that summer tan but afraid of what it might do to you skin? If you had to grab one pouch for your upcoming beach vacation, make it the NUXE Sun Pouch SPF30+ Free After Sun. It is formulated to help you achieve a golden glow, “the healthy way”. This pouch contains the Sun Melting Cream in SPF30+, great for application before you hit the beach; and the Refreshing After-Sun Lotion, an after sun care formula to help you prolong your tan and hydrate your skin. This pouch is also available with SPF50+.
If you think you need added protection, try using the Polaar Very High Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ 50ml, offering SPF50+ protection and formulated with exclusive active ingredients which accelerate the natural tanning process by activating melanin synthesis for an even and long-lasting bronzed glow.