Monsoon skincare: Reasons why you should not forget your sunscreen this season



  • Monsoon is on the doorstep and it is time to switch to a monsoon friendly skincare routine. With the cloudy skies hovering over us and the sun barely being visible, is it a good enough reason to skip on your sunscreen? Absolutely not. To understand why we must first talk about why we use sunscreens? The main use of sunscreen is to protect the skin from harmful UV (ultraviolet) radiation exposure. UV radiation exposure can increase the risk of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Sunscreens can also protect the skin against sunburns.
    Why use sunscreen in the monsoon?
    Here are some reasons why you must use sunscreen in the monsoon season:
    1. Sun may not be visible through the cloudy skies. However, it does not mean that it is not there. Clouds do not work as a UV rays filter therefore, to protect yourself from the damage done due to UV rays exposure, apply sunscreen even during the monsoon season.
    2. Even in rain, you can get sunburnt. However, with sunscreen on, you will not have to worry about sunburns while enjoying the monsoon rain.
    3. Exposure to UV rays increases the risk of getting wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and dark spots. Apply sunscreen to avoid such conditions from emerging and keep your skin younger for a longer time.
    Picking the right sunscreen
    Using sunscreen during monsoon may be important but it is equally important to pick the right kind of sunscreen to maximise protection. Here are some things that you must keep in mind while choosing a sunscreen this monsoon season:
    1. A single application of sunscreen may not last the entire day. Therefore, remember to reapply the sunscreen at regular intervals if you are under prolonged sun exposure.
    2. Pick a sunscreen that is water-resistant to avoid it getting washed away due to rain.
    3. Monsoon seasons can be humid which means excessive sweating. Picking a gel-based sunscreen can help you retain the application even while sweating.
    4. The texture and complexion of the skin must be kept in mind before picking the appropriate SPF to enable maximum protection. Consult a dermatologist for expert advice and to understand your skin to choose the better sunscreen option.
    5. Areas hidden under clothes may also be at risk of UV rays exposure. Make sure to apply sunscreen at places that are at most sun exposure risk.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.


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