A l e x a n d r a A z a r o v a
Summer is finally here and we indulge in its caressing warmth. Good weather, bright sunshine, serene blue sky with whitey white dots of fluffy clouds – what can be better for happy days out! Still, even in plain lightheartedness we shouldn’t forget to maintain our natural beauty and wished-to-be eternal youth. A good sunscreen is an absolute must during lazy sunbathing, beach fiestas and pool parties till dusk. With all these varieties of sun blocking products it’s easy to get lost. How to choose the best sunscreen that will suit you most? Here is our practical advice.
Sunscreen products come in a variety of textures. These include (from dense to light): sticks, creams, body milks, lotions and sprays. Efficacy doesn’t depend on texture – if you apply it correctly, of course. What you should take into consideration is the needs of your skin. The dry one will feel good under a creamy texture, while oily skin will breathe under just a light lotion.
Tip: you may find convenient to combine different products. For example, use sunblock cream for your face and lotion or spray for the body. The greasy texture of the cream will provide additional moisture and nourish the demanding skin of the face, while a lighter lotion will be handy in covering larger areas. Dense sticks work best on small areas around eyes, on the nose, lips and ears.
Common cosmetic hysteria spurs us to buy “most efficient” sunscreens with SPF as high as 100 for a “maximum protection”. Let’s put the cards on the table: SPF 100 isn’t twice efficient than SPF 50 – in fact, there is virtually no difference between SPF’s higher than 50. Any product between SPF 30 and SPF 50 will provide you almost the same protection, which is close to the maximum achieved by chemical tools. If you swim or sweat (both of which are inevitable on the beach), a high-SPF product will wash off at the same speed as a low-SPF one.
Tip: we would advise to get several sunscreen products with various SPF’s, something between 30 and 10. As we still want to get a beautiful smooth tan, envied by many, it’s wise to vary the degree of protection according to your “sun experience”. Begin with a 30 and then gradually descend to 10. Don’t forget to renew the application regularly, though, whatever the factor might be.
Other ways to protect
Altogether, we vividly recommend using sunscreens for your best skin protection. However, there are other ways to reduce negative impact of the sun – and they are free of charge. Avoid, if you can, the most active sun hours – roughly, from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. (depends on the region). Cover the body with light clothes of natural origin: silk, cotton or linen will suit best. Don’t forget about hats and sunglasses. And, surely, use your common sense when dealing with the sun.
Good sunbathing to you all!