Wiping Sunscreen off Your Skin More Important Than Applying It

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    May 07, 2018 08:24

    Using sunscreen to protect your skin is essential as the weather gets hotter and the sunlight grows stronger.

    One thing to keep in mind is that fully washing off sunscreen is even more important than applying it properly, because screen residues can often harm your skin. Simply using soap and water is not sufficient.

    The main ingredients of sunscreen, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, can remain on the surface of the skin and cause pimples and other problems by blocking the pores. They can also attract dirt and leave skin red or irritated, and enlarge the pores.

    To wash off sunblock completely, it is better to massage your face with an oil-based cleanser like cleansing oil and cream first, and then wash with cleansing foam or soap. Unlike women, men tend to wash their faces with soap only.

    A study showed that sunscreens with a protection factor of over 15 are not completely removed by water-based cleansers.

    Meanwhile, a sunscreen with a factor of over 30 and at least PA+++ is recommended for outdoor activities, and be sure to apply it every three to four hours.

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