“What’s in a name?” A LOT!!! Especially, when it comes to the world of Sunscreens and Sunblocks. Since, Indian summers are infamous for causing skin damage in various ways, so it becomes almost essential to do something to protect our skin. One of the most convenient way is to apply a sunscreen or a sunblock. But, do you know whether "your" skin needs a SUNSCREEN or a SUNBLOCK? Read on if you don't know the difference between the two.
Difference between Sunscreen and a Sunblock?
Sunscreens are the lotions/creams that, true to their names, “screen” or reflect the harmful UV rays of the sun but let the other not-so-harmful rays to pass through. It’s like, having a glass window as a shield that lets the light enter your room, at the same time, protecting you from the bugs and mosquitoes.
Sunblocks, on the other hand, totally BLOCK the UV rays to penetrate into the skin. There’s no question of harmful or not-so-harmful with them. They just don’t allow the rays to pass through at all. They are often used by individuals with extremely sensitive skin (prone to rashes/sunburns)
So, now we’re left with this question- Which is better? Sunscreen or Sunblock?
We are faced with literally hundreds of bottles of lotions at the store these days. How can you decide what is best? The answer is that it depends on your needs and requirements. Just keep the following points in mind:
The good news is that most of the products today are a good mixture of both the sunblock and sunscreen ingredients.
Whether you're buying a sunscreen or a sunblock, just make sure the following:
How to apply your Sunscreen or Sunblock?
It’s best to have a separate moisturizer and a sunscreen lotion. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Apply moisturizer 10 or 15 minutes prior to the application of the sunscreen. Apply sunscreen liberally, A thick layer is always better. Re-application of sunscreen every 2-3 hours is also important, in case you sweat a lot.
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