Go nat­u­ral: Try these home­made sun­screens

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Etti Bali etti.bali@htlive.com ■

If there is one thing that all der­ma­tol­o­gists and skin­care ex­perts will tell you as you step out in the sun, it is this: do not leave home with­out ap­ply­ing sun­screen. We are con­stantly ex­pos­ing our skin to the sun and ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tions, which can cause se­vere dam­age, which can at times be ir­re­versible.

“There are cer­tain rays that can cause dam­age to the epi­der­mal layer. Ei­ther cover it up com­pletely, so that the rays don’t strike you di­rectly, or ap­ply a su­per­fi­cial layer, ie,

sun­scr­reen,” says beau­uty ex­pert Aashh­meen Mun­jal.

We might not re­al­is­re­alise the dam­age the sun’s rays are caus­ing, be­cause some of it might hap­pen grad­u­ally. “With pro­longed ex­po­sure to the sun, skin starts pro­duc­ing melanin at a faster rate. This may lead to break­ing of the cap­il­lar­ies in the skin, caus­ing wrin­kles and even can­cer,” warns Mun­jal.

While store-bought sun­screens are the most fea­si­ble bet, there are nat­u­ral ways to make your own sun­screen, us­ing eas­ily avail­able in­gre­di­ents. “Many nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents have prop­er­ties that pro­tect you from sun. San­dal­wood is one of them. There are oth­ers like sesame seed oil, sun­flower oil, co­conut oil, saf­fron, jo­joba oil, shea but­ter and vi­ta­min E oil,” in­forms beauty ex­pert Shah­naz Hu­sain. You can also add zinc ox­ide to the mix while mak­ing one at home. But be care­ful of the amount you add. “More zinc ox­ide means a sun­block that has a chalky look and may show up on the skin,” adds Hu­sain.

One thing you must keep in mind is the SPF count. “Sun Pro­tec­tion Fac­tor (SPF) is very im­por­tant. If you are in a field job, or are hol­i­day­ing at a place with high sun ex­po­sure, then you need min­i­mum SPF 45. The effect of sun’s rays is even more in ar­eas where there’s wa­ter (coasts, swim­ming pools, wa­ter­falls) be­cause re­flected rays are the most danger­ous. Make sure you ap­ply a wa­ter­proof sun­screen,” adds Mun­jal.

Sun­screens work for a max­i­mum of three hours, so you need to re-ap­ply. Ap­ply it at least 20 min­utes be­fore step­ping out.

You can also use it as the base be­fore ap­ply­ing makeup. And re­mem­ber, if you are healthy in­side, you are healthy out­side. Keep­ing your­self hy­drated is also very im­por­tant. Drink co­conut wa­ter, lassi, but­ter­milk and eat foods like sprouts, wa­ter­mel­ons and man­goes.

PRE­CAU­TIONS

Make sure the sun­screen is ab­so­lutely com­pat­i­ble with your skin type. Avoid the area around eyes. Sun­screen gives you about 70% pro­tec­tion. So, the best thing to do is to cover your skin. Among gel, cream and wa­ter based sun­screens, you must make sure that the sun­creen you choose suits your skin type.

AP­PLY­ING A SUN­SCREEN HAV­ING AT LEAST SPF 30 IS A MUST. HOW­EVER, THE EF­FI­CACY OF YOUR REG­U­LAR SUN­SCREEN CAN BE DOU­BLED UP BY AP­PLY­ING A LAYER OF A HOME­MADE SUN­SCREEN BE­NEATH IT

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