How to choose sun­screen

Mother & Baby - - SUMMERSPECIAL -

It is im­por­tant for a sun­screen to en­sure dou­ble pro­tec­tion from both UVB & UVA rays. SPF is the mea­sure of pro­tec­tion from UVB rays. Look for a sign on the pack which also shows UVA pro­tec­tion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a rec­om­men­da­tion on the ef­fi­cacy and the la­belling of sun­care prod­ucts. This rec­om­men­da­tion states that the UVA pro­tec­tion level should be at least 1/3 of the UVB pro­tec­tion level (SPF). Lead­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Ab­hi­jit De­sai says, “Peo­ple need to un­der­stand that sun­screen is a need and not a cos­metic lux­ury. So, it should be a part of their daily skin­care reg­i­men along with a cleanser and a mois­turiser. They should keep it handy with them as they need to reap­ply the sun­screen ev­ery three hours if they re­main in sun for long hours whether out­doors or even in a swim­ming pool. A reg­u­lar use of sun­screen is like an in­sur­ance pol­icy where you reap the ben­e­fits in the long run. This will keep a lot of ill ef­fects of sun at bay, es­pe­cially skin con­di­tions like photo der­mati­tis and PLE. Also, it will pre­vent ex­ces­sive tan­ning, which is dreaded most by In­di­ans. Doc­tors like us can def­i­nitely help ed­u­cate moth­ers about the im­por­tance of sun pro­tec­tion even for their chil­dren which they usu­ally tend to ig­nore.”

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