The data collected from the VII Heliocare Observatory shows that people are becoming increasingly concerned about protecting their skin against sun damage. The VII Heliocare Report reveals that over the past five years, the number of people who use photoprotection throughout the year has increased by 50%, with women showing greater awareness, with 66% protecting themselves year-round. However, more work needs to be done, as only 32% of young people use photoprotection. Furthermore, nearly 60% of the population has not visited a dermatologist in over three years.
As summer approaches, sun protection becomes more important. Choosing the right sunscreen is crucial. We must choose a product that we like applying, as this will ensure its continued use. We should also take into account our lifestyle, skin type, skin phototype, and any existing skin conditions. Visiting a dermatologist is recommended for tailored advice.
The best photoprotection should provide multiple barriers against sun damage, with a first barrier against UVB, UVA, visible and infrared light. A second antioxidant barrier neutralizes the first damage caused by radiation, while a third repair barrier helps the body to self-repair any damage to the DNA. It is also important that the sunscreen is resistant to water and has good cosmetic qualities.
The needs of individuals vary depending on their lifestyle. For example, athletes, homemakers, and office workers have different requirements. Therefore, we should consider choosing a sunscreen that is specifically adapted to our needs.
There is a range of different sun creams available, so it is essential to know what requirements a good sun cream should meet, and to adapt it to our needs. In terms of differences between physical and chemical sunscreens, physical filters reflect incident solar radiation, while chemical filters absorb it and transform it into heat or less harmful radiation. Mineral filters are often recommended for those with sensitive skin.
Finally, when it comes to leftover sunscreen, if it has not been used and was stored correctly, it should still be effective. However, if the product has been subjected to high temperatures, it may no longer provide the same level of protection and should be replaced. Additionally, if the container is not airtight, the period after opening instructions should be followed.