“There’s no sun here!”
These are just some remarks I constantly get from my friends whenever I whip out my bottle of suncream. It is alarming how so many of you do not realise the importance of applying suncream, even on a cloudy day or when you are indoors. I sense many of you scoffing and sniggering at my ‘paranoia’. Hear me out please. I am a lazy person and I am certainly not someone who will trouble myself to constantly reapply suncream without good reason.
Perhaps you may have heard of the consequences of unprotected exposure to the sun, which includes sunburn, aging and Skin Cancer. I suppose most of you are only concerned about sunburn, since it manifests itself pretty quickly under unprotected sun exposure. To help you understand what the exact causes of sunburn, aging and skin cancer are, let me introduce you to the UVA and UVB rays. Simply put, UVA rays play a major role in skin aging and wrinkling, and skin cancer. On the other hand, UVB rays is the main culprit for that painful sunburn.
I understand that having tanned skin is an ideal beauty trait for many and there are people who resort to using tanning beds/booths to achieve that ‘healthy, sun-kissed’ look. What a terrible mistake to make! This is because tanning beds emit UVA rays that cause the skin to tan as a result from injury by the UVA rays to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer. The amount of UVA rays that tanning beds emit are up to 12 times as many as that of the Sun. Research has shown that the risk of melanoma (a type of skin cancer) occurring in youths who use tanning beds increases by 75%. Since UVA rays causes skin aging and wrinkling, these people are also more likely to have wrinkles when they age.
Unfortunately, UVB rays also contribute to tanning and plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. Luckily though, they do not really penetrate glass, unlike UVA rays. (This is why I insist on applying sunblock indoors too.) Fear not, fret not, for there are solutions for people who bother to protect themselves against those nasty rays.
Avoiding exposure to the Sun, applying sunblock and wearing protective clothing are the ways to protect yourself. Of course, it is not possible to totally avoid exposing ourselves to the Sun and be constantly wearing protective clothing due to the sweltering heat. Hence, we have to apply suncream.
Sunblock comes in a huge variety of formulations and are packaged in different ways so allow me to break it down for you.
You are now equipped with what you should look out for when purchasing Suncream. However, with so many brands and types in the market, it is probably very overwhelming to choose one. No fear, for help is here!
|Type of suncream:||Best for:|
|Sun Cushions (for face only)||Quick and fuss-free application|
|Regular tube type suncreams||People who have time to apply suncream all over themselves|
Watch the videos below for some recommendations from Korean beauty Youtubers! (FYI, there are English subtitles.)
Before I conclude, here are some extra words of advice. Do remember to reapply your suncream every 2 hours, even if you are using a waterproof one. If you wish to purchase any of the above products, please do additional research on the specific product before purchasing. I am not liable for any adverse reactions that occur after the use of the recommended products. I am aware that i have not mentioned anything about Sun aftercare. Worry not folks, for I will be back with an article regarding that. In the meantime, I wish that all of you will have clear and glowing skin. Toodles.