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SPF Breakdown- Know Your Sunscreen Better

by Conscious Chemist on October 03, 2022
know your sunscreen

Going out for a picnic or a cozy tanning session with your friends on the beach but super worried about how your skin will respond to the heat? Regardless of the blissful warmth that the sun carries with itself and bestows upon the world, its rays can of times be harsh on the skin on varying levels.

Other than covering yourself from head to toe in light clothes adorned by an umbrella, sunscreen is guaranteed to be your only savior. Besides, incessant sun exposure can cause life-threatening skin diseases, wrinkles and even hyperpigmentation which makes having a sunscreen a life-saving requirement.

Breaking Down The Meaning Of SPF

However, finding the right one for yourself can be a little more daunting than it seems at first glance. We’ve all been there. Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the measure of how much UVB light a sunscreen can filter out, is the one property you should pay close attention to, because it will make the search for the product insanely easier.

It is usually recommended that you use an SPF of at least 30 because it blocks almost 97% of UVB rays, doing a magnanimous favor to your skin. Anything lower than 30 SPF will hardly be of any help at all.

Joining Correct SPF To Skin Types

1) Sunscreen for dry skin

If your skin is dry and tends to get flaky under the sun, look for sunscreens with hydrating ingredients or moisturizers with sunscreens so you can bask in the daylight with a glowing skin feeling nothing like sandpaper. Any sunscreen with a creamy foundation, enriched with hydrating and soothing elements such as honey, glycerin, ceramides should be your go-to.

2) Sunscreen for oily skin

However, if you lean towards the oily side, ensure your sunscreen is labelled as non-comedogenic which simply means that it doesn’t block pores. Look for the sort of sunscreens that will control your oil production while also providing a protective barrier to your face. Ingredients such as tea tree oil and green tea are highly recommended because of their oil-absorbing and moisturization gifting tendencies.

3) Sunscreen for Normal Skin

If you have a balanced skin on the other hand, there’s generally nothing you need to worry about. An organic sunscreen is highly recommended for you because of its elegant texture and lack of residue.

For sensitive skin, avoid going for chemical heavy sunscreens because while they leave less white residue, they might draw out a painful reaction that might only end up aggravating over time.

Your skin type plays a huge role in the overall validity and efficiency of the products you add to your cart, so familiarize yourself with it first and foremost and only once you’re fully sure will we advise you to begin looking for your dream creams.

Step by Step

  • Consider the SPF you need. 

  • Pay attention to the ingredients. 

  • Figure out your favored formulation.  

  • Ensure it resonates with your sun exposure. 

found the product that has everything you’re looking for? Congrats!

What is the most efficient form of sunscreen?

Lotions, gels, sprays, sticks and what-not, you might find yourself surrounded by a variety of options when you go shopping. All of them are equally capable of achieving the desired effect and their usage regularity is what will truly determine their effectiveness at the end of the day.

Be particular about the amount of it that you apply. Usually, an ounce of it is enough as long as it covers all of your exposed areas. Keep reapplying it every 2-3 hours for maximum results.

Do not skip on these essential tips!!

Firstly and foremostly, always have sunscreen on no matter how cold or cloudy it is outside. Weather is unpredictable, you never know what changes it has in store. Secondly, ALWAYS apply it to every single exposed area on your body be it your face, hands, feet or even ears.

Make certain that you have it with you at all times, make it your travel buddy if you must.

Always apply a moisturizer first, wait for it to settle in, and then apply a coat of sunscreen over that to conserve the SPF properties of the same. Very essentially, wait for 20-30 minutes after applying sunscreen before moving out, give it time to actually truly seep into your body and begin its work.

Refer to the broad spectrum of the sunscreen and avoid using one that has a very evident white cast. If you tend to sweat too much, reapply it every 2 hours to maintain the barrier it has formed around yourself.

How do you know you bought the wrong sunscreen?

If the sunscreen’s SPF is lower than 30, please discard it right away because there’s hardly anything it is going to do. Additionally, sunscreens may be water resistant for a short while but they are not waterproof. Don’t let yourself be swayed by the ones that offer the said property because it’s highly unlikely to be true.

Does it smell or look weird? 

Does it burn your skin every time you apply it? 

Do you find yourself in the middle of an itching fit? 

Always check its expiration date and invest in skin-pleasing products, otherwise, if you’re in doubt, throw them out! Make yourself your biggest priority.

Tinted Sunscreens- your new best friend?

Not only are sunscreens equipped with bb cream but also have a tinted nature to them thus helping you hide your blemishes and marks instantly, giving a smooth appearance to your skin. You can use them instead of foundation or concealer and combat UV rays successfully while looking like an absolute treat!

Looking for a product that will be your bodyguard (quite literally) while also making you look like a blooming flower? Browse through tinted sunscreens to find the right for yourself right away!


Sunscreen is something that should be used by EVERYONE irrespective of their age or gender. Whether or not it tans you instantly or has a visual impact, you should still make its application your top priority because the lack of it can lead to a lifetime of skin issues that can easily worsen if left unattended.


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