It’s June and the rain clouds have begun to show up already. Even though the heat may be residing and the sun slowly making its way behind these rain clouds, it still emits ultraviolet rays that can harm your skin. Ditching the sunscreen in the rainy season is one of the biggest monsoon skincare mistake people commit. One must put on sunscreen every time you step out even if the sky looks clouded or it’s raining heavily outside.
ULTRAVIOLET RAYS :
There are actually three types of ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun – UVA, UVB and UVC. Only UVA and UVB affect people. The morning news often shows what the daily UV index is, meaning you can learn how strong the sun will be each afternoon before you determine a plan for the day. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These rays not only cause skin cancer but also damage skin, create wrinkles, and lead to sunburns.
The common misconception about sunlight is that if it is cloudy or it’s raining outside, you will be fine and there will be no need to wear sunscreen. This is completely false! Up to 80% of these UV rays in sunlight can pass through the clouds. UV rays can even reflect off any snow and water. This is why it is important to wear sunscreen this monsoons too, no matter what the conditions are. However, it is must for both women as well as men to apply sunscreen before going out.
Tips For Wearing Sunscreen
If you want to maximize the protection you will get, here are a few helpful tips for to make sure that you get the most of your sunscreen usage:
- Choose a sunscreen that is waterproof as it protects the skin even when you’re soaked and drenched.
- You do not need a high SPF sunscreen in monsoon; even SPF 15 is enough to keep you protected.
- Choose a gel based sunscreen as this won’t be easily wiped off with the sweat caused during this humid season.
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 or 30 minutes before going outside.
- Make sure to cover all your exposed skin evenly with sunscreen.
- Reapply your sunscreen about every two hours.
- Do not forget to apply sunscreen to any less commonly remembered areas (backs of hands, ears, legs, feet etc).