Why Sunscreen isn’t Enough for Pale Skin

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The summertime is upon us, and skincare experts and bloggers are beginning to stress the importance of wearing sunscreen. Here at iSkinCareReviews, we talk a lot about the importance of sunscreen.

  1. How to Correctly Buy and Wear Sunscreen 
  2. Prevent Wrinkles with a Sunscreen Routine
  3. Five Natural Healing Remedies for Sunburn Damage
  4. Summer Skin Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy, Happy Skin

These informational articles are a good starting point if you want to learn the benefits and the correct uses of wearing sunscreen. If you already have sunscreen damage, we have you covered there, too, with a few natural remedies to soothe your injured skin.

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One topic on sunscreen that doesn’t get enough attention is sunscreen for people who have pale skin. There was a recent study in JAMA Dermatology which explains that people who are sensitive to sun, particularly those with pale skin, shouldn’t rely on sunscreen alone. To stay safe from UV rays, people who are sensitive to the sun should also wear large brim hats, stay in shaded areas and wear sunglasses. When purchasing sunglasses, we recommend sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 % protection of both UVA and UVB light.

Sunscreen Protection in Make-up

You may hear beauty / skincare bloggers state that if you own a foundation that has SPF 15 or higher, you can do without sunscreen. However, the SPF found in these beauty products aren’t sufficient and should never replace your sunscreen.  Dermatologists say that this goes the same for SPF moisturizers. While these products shouldn’t replace your sunscreen, dermatologists do recommend that you use them in conjunction with your sunscreen for extra protection.

SPF for UVB and UVA Rays

Ultraviolet radiation (UVB) are invisible rays that come from the sun. UVB rays can burn your skin and cause skin cancer. It’s important to note, that low SPF, such as SPF 15, that’s found in your skincare products can only protect you from UVB rays. So what about UVA rays? Are they less harmful?
Quite the opposite. UVA rays are the most common cause of sunburn, collagen damage and skin cancer. Because of this, dermatologists recommend sun creams with a factor of 50. Your sun cream should state that it offers both UVB and UVA protection. Another suggestion is not to stay out in the sun too long if you have pale, sensitive skin. We know you don’t want a fresh batch of freckles sprinkling your body!

Don’t Touch Your Face

Experts say that avoid touching your face whenever you have on sunscreen or any SPF product. You’ll wipe that protective goodness right off your face. But if you just can’t help yourself, experts suggest that you apply extra sunscreen and SPF products in case you do wipe some of the protective layers away.

About Ria Rankine

I'm a vegan who enjoys natural skincare products and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

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