Sunscreen Day is here while we are confined in our houses amid the nationwide lockdown.
On this day, it is pivotal to make sure people are aware how important sunscreen is for our skin. But are you questioning why discuss sunscreen when you are not even stepping out in the sun? The answer is ‘Very’ according to our expert Dermatologist Dr. Mikki Singh, Bodycraft Clinic, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
In an exclusive conversation with The Style.World, Dr. Mikki Singh spoke exclusively about the importance of sunscreen, how much SPF is imperative for healthy skin and much more.
During the lockdown, there is one question running through everyone’s mind ‘Is it important to wear sunscreen even while staying indoors?’
According to our expert, Dr. Mikki Singh, using sunscreen is important irrespective of the season as the sun is pretty much still there.
Dr. Singh further explains, “Sunscreen is not just used for tanning but the sun can actually age your skin causing the worst effect on your skin. So you use sunscreen more in terms of anti-aging as opposed to preventing your tan. Indoors or outdoors, sunblock is a must.”
How much SPF should be used is the biggest dilemma people face. On speaking about how much SPF is good for healthy skin, Dr. Mikki Singh said, “On Indian skin tone, an SPF of around 30 & above is more than enough.”
While we talk about the harmful radiation of the Sun, how important it is to soak up some sunlight to keep ourselves healthy. As per Dr Singh, “Sunlight triggers the synthesis of Vitamin D in our body. The sun’s UV rays help your body make this nutrient, which is important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. It also helps you take in and use certain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus.”
“Lack of Vitamin D can cause Melanoma, Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes and many other issues in the body.”
Facts & tips to keep in mind for protection against the Sun?
The most important factor to keep in mind while using sunscreen is how to use it.
Use it 20 minutes before stepping out into the sun and you may have to reapply it after 2-3 hours.
A lot of people feel that sunscreen makes their skin oily. To avoid that one can use a sunscreen that has a matte finish or dab a little talcum powder on the face to soak up the excess moisture.
You should always remember that you must wear sunscreen even when it is cloudy outside & when you are indoors because the sun is still affecting your skin.
Top 5 common myths about sunscreen
Myth #1: The chemicals in sunscreen are probably more dangerous than sun exposure
Fact: According to Dr. Mikki Singh this depends on the sunscreen you are using. She further adds, “I would always suggest pharmaceutical products over cosmeceuticals products. Sunscreens are totally safe but if you are worried about chemicals, you can always opt for non-comedogenic and paraben-free.”
“Something that also needs to be understood is that not all chemicals are bad. It is better to be informed about what is bothering you. You can always consult your local dermatologist for a good sunscreen for your skin type.”
Myth #2: If I apply sunscreen once a day, it’s enough
Fact: No, sunscreens are to be reapplied every 2-3 hours for them to work effectively
Myth #3: Sunscreens are waterproof
Fact: Although some sunscreens are waterproof, not all sunscreens are. Please check the specifications before you make the purchase.
Myth #4: People with dark skin tone do not need sunscreen
Fact: Sunscreen is for everyone. Period. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, you have to use sunscreen. Sun damage is real and it doesn’t just affect fair-skinned people. It’s harder to see sun damage on dark skin but it definitely happens.
Myth #5: Sunscreen is not for anti-aging
Fact: Sunscreen is the best preventative measure anyone can take to slow down aging. Experts have proven that people who use sunscreen regularly age slower and less sun damage than people who neglect the use of sunscreen.