Back when we are just children, we never thought about using anything on our face or on our body, the word sun block may have been non-existent in our vocabulary but as we age so does our skin which makes it more susceptible to different skin diseases, rashes, spots and so on, when this comes to play we slowly learn about the importance of caring for our skin and one of then comes in the most important product to have , the sun block.
Depending on what we are doing or how long or intense our exposure to the sun is determines what kind of sun block to use. But first things first, how do we define sun block? A sun block is usually in a form of cream or lotion that is used to protect our skin by reflecting UVA radiation coming from the sun. Sun blocks contain SPF or Sun Protecting Factor defined as the longevity of the sun blocks effectiveness on the skin. This explains the labels we often see whenever we purchase sun blocks on the number attached to the label SPF. Not to be confused with Sun screen which is also an excellent form of sun protection, sun screens filters the suns UV rays keeping it mostly out but still having room for some to come in, unlike sun blocks that reflects the suns ray from our skin.
Another differentiation is that sunblock is the physical kind which means it contains both organic and non-organic ingredients that protects and barricades your skin from getting damaged by UV or UVB light. Meanwhile Sunscreen, is the chemical kind, it contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are active ingredients in deflecting harmful UV rays before they reach out skin.
To give us a more thorough look on what is sun block and what is the best one to use and how using sun blocks can benefit our skin, see the bullet points below:
- The type of sun block you use differs from one individual to another but the most commonly used and mostly recommended is the broad spectrum sun block with UVA and UVB protection with SPF of at least 30 which is enough for everyday use.
- Sun blocks should be re applied after two hours especially if you are exposed in the sun for longer periods of time.
- Apply sun block on your face before applying any other cosmetics.
- There are also water resistant sun blocks in the market that caters to those engaging in water sports.
- Sunblock is an effective way to avoid the risk of having skin cancer.
- Wearing or applying it daily prevents facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
- It slows down the development of wrinkles and pre mature skin aging.
- It prevents our skin from getting sunburned
- It enhances and makes our skin look healthy. Also, check the labels and make sure there is a titanium oxide present in the ingredients.
Sun block Is not used occassionaly and it is not optional, it is important to note that we should start caring for our skin as early as possible. Our skin is the outer layer of our bodies, we don’t take care of it not only for aesthetic reason but for our overall wellbeing. Don’t wait, Start Now.