Sunscreen for the face

In summer we spend on average more than three hours a day in the sun. But also in everyday life we are often exposed to the sun unnoticed. Especially the face is already exposed to the first sunrays in spring. However, the sun's UV rays are mainly responsible for premature skin aging, such as pigment spots and wrinkles as well as skin cancer.

Sunshine makes you feel good

As soon as the sun shines, we spend as much time outside as possible. It puts us in a good mood, increases our well-being and gives us warmth. Sunlight is vital for us. With UVB rays, for example, it ensures that the production of vitamin D is stimulated through the skin and this has a positive effect on our mood.

The UV rays are no child's play

UV rays can damage the skin. They are divided into UVA, UVB and UVC, the latter being already absorbed in the atmosphere and never reaching the earth's surface. UVA rays penetrate into the deep layers of the skin and can also act through window glass. They are responsible for an immediate superficial tanning of the skin, skin aging, sun allergy and can damage the genetic material of a cell and thus increase the risk of skin cancer. The UVB rays penetrate into the epidermis and thicken it. Under their influence, the pigment cells of the skin form the pigment melanin and thus cause a delayed tanning in order to protect themselves from these rays. UVB rays are responsible for the development of sunburn and can also damage the genetic material of a cell and thus increase the risk of skin cancer.

Self-protection of the skin

The so called self-protection time is the period of time for which one can maximally expose the untanned skin to the sun during one day without the skin becoming red or reddened.
Depending on the skin type, the self-protection time is between three minutes for very light skin (skin type I) and forty minutes for Mediterranean, brownish skin (skin type IV). With a higher UV index, as for example in the mountains or in southern countries, the self-protection decreases. No matter whether you have dark or fair skin - everyone should protect themselves from the sun, because damage can occur even without reddening.

Why a special protection for the face?

Normal sun creams often leave an oily shine and are not well absorbed by the skin, which is why they are unpopular on the face. However, the skin on the face is particularly exposed to the sun and is also sensitive. Special sun protection products for the face cover the needs of this skin area better.
Sunscreens for the face are available in different textures and compositions, adapted to the respective skin type. For example, you can choose between a richer cream for dry skin or a non-oily fluid for oily and combination skin. In addition, sunscreens for the face often contain the active ingredients of a conventional day cream, such as anti-ageing substances or an extra portion of moisture to compensate for the loss of water from the sun. Sun protection products for the face are absorbed faster and can also be used as a make-up base.

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Sources:

  • https://www.gofeminin.de/make-up/sonnencreme-fur-das-gesicht-test-s1861884.html#d920677-seealso
  • https://shop.krebsliga.ch/files/kls/webshop/PDFs/deutsch/sonnenschutz-broschuere-011320011111.pdf
  • https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauttyp