The weather in India is mostly tropical because of the geographical location of our country. For the same reason, the sun shines brightly almost all around the year. Clearly, there’s no question about wearing sunscreen every day even if it is a rainy day or foggy day in winters. We reached out to a well-established dermatologist based in Lucknow- Dr. Nisha Maheshwari. Here’s what the expert lays down the importance of sunscreen for Indian skin. If you wish a younger-looking skin every day go through the expert advice below-
Protects your skin from UV rays
With the depletion of the ozone layer, the risk of UV rays has increased. These are harmful rays emitted by the sun causing discoloration, uneven skin tone, and many other diseases. SPF 30 is the best for Indian skin types. Make sure to wear it half an hour before you go out in the sun. Dr. Nisha Maheshwari says- Whether the weather is cold, warm, or cloudy UV rays are always emitted from the sun that causes severe skin damages.
Lowers the risk of skin cancer
As we discussed, UV rays cause unwanted spots or moles on your skin if undiagnosed can turn into cancer. Sunscreen helps to prevent the accumulation of discoloration or uneven skin tone. People above 50 make sure to examine their body religiously to know if any uneven or discoloration have on their body or face. They are more prone to skin cancer than anyone. Dr. Maheshwari says- As you grow older your skin starts getting thinner making it more vulnerable to sun damage.
Prevents premature aging
Dr. Nisha adds Premature aging can come at any age. Excess exposure to the sun may play a vital role in early signs of aging. Wearing sunscreen every day also helps in avoiding early signs of aging i.e fine lines around your eyes or mouth, wrinkles, etc. Harmful sun rays are one of the reasons behind premature aging. Sunscreen acts as a shield by keeping your face miles away from the rays.
Protects our skin from discoloration and uneven skin tone
Excess exposure to the sun can lead to a lot of skin problems besides sunburns like uneven skin tone and discoloration. Sunscreen can protect your skin from such problems, even in winters when the sun is gloomy. Dr. Maheshwari says- “One of the early signs of UV rays damage is discoloration around eyes or even skin tone mostly due to tanning”. Make sure to always wear sunscreen.
Doesn’t matter what your age is
It doesn’t matter what your age is, you should always wear sunscreen every time you go out. Even children aged around 5 must wear sunscreen. UV rays do not discriminate while harming. They are harmful to every skin tone. Especially in India where the sun is very intense and harsh. Indians may develop hyperpigmentation if they don’t wear sunscreen regularly. Dr. Maheswari says- Sun doesn’t see your age, even children as small as 2 years old should apply sunscreen. They have very sensitive skin making them more prone to sunburns.
Don’t forget your lips
Always wear SPF infused lip balm. Lips are always forgotten when sunscreen is applied. A good SPF infused lip balm can prevent your lips from getting black and chapped. Lips are too exposed to UV rays, leaving them unnoticed can be harmful to them. Dr. Nisha adds no one talks about lips as they are part of your face, they are also exposed to the sun without any coverage. Always use SPF lip balms.
Protection against sun damage
The most common remedy sunscreen provides is to protect against sun damage. As we all know by now the harmful effects of the sun and its UV rays. Sun damage and tanning are the two most common skin problems faced by Indians. Mostly because of the non-consumption of sunscreen.