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Everything You Need to Know About Using Sunscreen This Summer

Everything You Need to Know About Using Sunscreen This Summer

Sunscreen is our number one protection this coming summer. As the sun shines brighter and the temperature goes higher, we will likely rely more on our sunblocks to protect us from sun's rays.

A common problem, however, is that very few people care about the label of their skincare products. Not all sunscreen are created equal, and what's on the label could tell a lot if the product will work for you or not.

When it comes to your sunblock and skin care protection, it's best to be informed. Here's what you need to know.

On UVB Rays
UVB rays are the ones related to sunburn and skin cancer. Too much UVB ray exposure means you'll likely get color on your skin after spending a few hours under the sun.

UVB is also the exposure that the sunscreen's Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures. The SPF rating measures the product's ability to block UVB rays. It does not tell much about its effectiveness when it comes to UVA rays.

On UVA Rays
UVA is often the most misunderstood part of sun protection. This exposure is present every day, and can penetrate through glass windows. Much like UVB, it is also related to higher risk of skin cancer. Unlike UVB, however, UVA is not filtered by the ozone.

UVA doesn't cause sunburn, but it can lead to skin darkening and aging, as it penetrates deeper into the skin.

When looking for a sunblock, go for one that protects against both, such as Dermplus sunblocks. This provides you with complete sun protection in one go.

On SPF
The SPF number measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays.

If your skin would normally burn after being under the sun for 10 minutes, using an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you stay out under the sun for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer) without burning your skin.

An SPF 15 sunscreen, however, is not half as effective as an SPF 30. The difference in the SPF numbers take into account UVB protection.

SPF 15 can filter about 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocking 97%, SPF 50 about 98%, and so on. The SPF depends on your skin tone, skin sensitivity to the heat, and how easily the skin gets color.

Dermplus Sunblocks come in different varieties to suit your needs. Be it an everyday sunscreen for indoor use, or one for extreme outdoor activities, there's a product that's right for you. There's even a variant ideal for kids.

On the Right Amount
To get the most out of your sunscreen, use a liberal amount on all exposed skin, and reapply it every after two hours or as needed.

Find the right sunblock for your needs by knowing what's in them. That way, you're better prepared to face the sun and have fun.

Summer Skincare Mistakes You’re Probably Doing

Summer Skincare Mistakes You’re Probably Doing

Summer means unbearable heat, ice cream, and pool days for most Filipinos. But if you’re not careful, it can also mean sunburns, unwelcome tan lines, and dry skin.

Taking care of your skin is a top priority this dry season. With summer just around the corner, we are again reminded to be careful of staying out in the sun too much and to reapply sunscreen regularly. When it comes to skincare, however, there are a few all too common mistakes many of us are probably making.

To get your skin summer ready the right way, here are a few skincare mistakes you need to do away with.

Not Using Sunscreen Correctly
Wearing sunscreen should be an important part of your summer skincare routine, but many of us skip on it because it’s a bit expensive, it leaves a sticky residue, or you feel you don’t need it because you’re just planning to stay indoors for the day.

First off, not all sunblock lotions are expensive. They may cost a little, but the purchase is worth it. Many sunscreens on the market are also formulated for quick skin absorption, which does away with the sticky residual feeling. Dermplus sunblocks, for example, provide excellent skin protection from the sun, without taking a huge chunk of your summer allowance.

More importantly, you can get sunburn even when indoors. UV light can penetrate through glass windows, which means even if you are at home or in the office and you happen to be next to a window, you still get exposed.

Make it a habit to use Dermplus to all exposed areas of the body every day. Make it a part of your daily skincare ritual, especially this summer.

Forgetting to Exfoliate
The sun and sand may feel good on your feet, but it can do a lot of damage to the skin. Be sure to exfoliate your skin before hitting the beach. This removes the dead cells and rejuvenates your skin, leaving it smooth, silky, and healthy.

Exfoliation also allows the sunblock and other skincare products to be more effective, as it can go deeper into the skin.

Assuming Your Summer Clothes will Keep You Sun-Protected
When it comes to summer outfits, we want it to be light, airy, and colorful. This, however, could mean your skin (even the non-exposed parts) does not get enough protection.

The white linen shirt, the sun dress, and other summer fashion favorites provide very little protection against the sun. For this, it’s best to sunscreen it up all over, and maybe even getting clothes with built-in sun protection.

Skimping on Water
Dehydration not only causes headaches and dizzy spells, it also causes the skin to dry out. Drink up on water or non-sugary beverages to keep hydrated. This helps maintain the critical moisture balance of the body and skin.

Not Soothing the Skin
If you really can’t avoid staying under the sun for a long time, be sure to soothe the skin as soon as you can.

The Dermplus Aftersun Hydrating Body Gel does a lot in soothing the skin, reducing inflammation and redness, and preventing peeling. The quicker you deal with sun-damaged skin, the better.

Make this summer a skin-friendly season by avoiding these and other mistakes that damage your skin.

All About Sunscreen & Everything in Between

All About Sunscreen & Everything in Between

 

Now that the warm weather’s finally here, it’s important to remember that while you may love going outdoors, there are serious consequences when you get too much exposure from the sun.

Overexposure to sunlight causes sunburns, premature aging of the skin and other serious negative side effects.

Aside from not actually going out, the only protection that can save you from these unwanted situations is by using sunscreen. However, one of the dilemmas that you can encounter is choosing what sunscreen to buy, particularly the right amount of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to ensure your skin’s defense from the harmful sun.

Befriending the harmful sun
Applying sunscreens should never be restricted to summer alone. Sunscreens act as a shield against the hurtful ultraviolet rays which penetrate the skin every time it is exposed to the sun. Here are some ways to help you utilize sunscreens properly:

SPF and ingredients
Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage. Also, make sure that it contains Titanium dioxide; Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC); Avobenzone (also parsol), and Zinc oxide. These ingredients are important  in protecting our precious skin.

Apply generously
Apply sunscreen generously before going out. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb it so wait until your skin is ready and protected. Remember to apply sunscreen on your neck, face, ears, legs, and other exposed parts of your body.

For hard?to?reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you. You can also use a spray sunscreen for easier and balanced application. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide?brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.

Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming.

Love your skin
Start loving your skin as early as now. Facial and body wash help you have beautiful skin but sunscreens are your go-to products to keep it safe and healthy. So go ahead, get your sunscreen and enjoy the outdoors!

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