Have you ever wondered why that no matter how much you avoid the sun, you will get your skin pigmented? Is it because your sunscreen is ineffective? Though it is true that excessive exposure of sunlight is the main cause for dark spots on the face, there are other reasons why you face will get pigmented. Here are some triggers for pigmentation you may not know about:
You may or may not know that your acne marks can become a permanent pigmented spot, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Other injuries caused by microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser-therapies can also trigger skin pigmentation. So if you have acne problems, be careful in the way you handle your skin. Do not squeeze the acne or aggravate the area.
2. Heat from hot steam bath and cooking
Not just the scorching sun will give you pigmentation, but also the heat from your daily cooking or hot steam bath can also stimulate your pigment cells. So avoid your face being exposed to high heat,
Without a proper understanding of how UV rays can be harmful to you, you may not know the importance of using sunscreen and your health could be on the line. Without proper sun protection, it increases the risk for sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Thought you knew about protecting your skin from sun damage? What you do not know will surprise you. Get the facts on sunscreen to keep your skin safe. Myths about sunscreen DEBUNKED!
Myth #1: As long as your moisturizer or makeup products has sunscreen, you do not need to apply extra SPF.
It is not enough to fully dependant on the makeup products. You will need to apply extra sunscreen on top of your make up.
Myth #2: People who darker skin are immune to skin cancer.
Everyone regardless of skin color can be a victim to skin cancer. Many people have the misconception that Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer and non-Caucasian people are immune to it. This is why people of darker skin color diagnosed that they have skin cancer at a later stage.
We all use these two words Sunblock and Sunscreen interchangeably because we thought they are the same. BUT do you know that they are actually different in their functions and purpose? Do you know how to identify the differences between sunblock and sunscreen? While both of them protect you from the damaging UV rays of the sun, sunblock reflects the light from your skin, blocking the rays from entering into your skin whereas sunscreen coats your skin, and acts like a sponge which absorb the UV rays to protect your skin, where it converts into less damaging form of radiation. Sunblock works immediately when you apply on your skin while you will need to apply sunscreen lotion 15-20 minutes before it can actively protect your skin from damage.
What is Sunscreen?
When you come across a product that says “SPF XX”, it is a sunscreen product which designed to filter UV rays from the sun. It typically contain chemical ingredients like PABA, which can be irritating for people with sensitive skin.
Even a dog knows the importance of wearing sun shades. What about us? You know that it is very important to apply your sunscreen on a sunny day but do you know that it is as important wearing sunscreen on cloudy days and to reapply the cream after a few hours? How much do you know about the basics of sunscreen? Most of us know that sunscreens help to filter out the UV light from the sun and the higher the SPF the greater the protection. There are two types of UV light that will cause skin damage. UVA will cause premature aging and wrinkles, while the short wave UVB is primarily responsible for sunburn. Broad-spectrum lotions covers overall protection against both UVA and UVB radiation.
The SPF, or sun protection factor, is an indication of the ability of protecting the skin from UVB. The best sunscreen is the one having the highest SPF number. The sunscreen with SPF of 30 provides a better protection than one with SPF 15. It tells how long it will take for the skin to be sunburned.