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“Its summer time, so we must use Sunscreen…” Is the biggest myth about Sunscreen.

Sun protection is essential All year around. UV A and UV B rays in sunlight are responsible for tan, redness, sunburn and accelerated ageing. These harmful UV rays increase pigmentation and dark spots on exposed skin. It also makes us more prone to skin cancers.

These UV rays are present in sunlight 365 days and reach us even in our homes and cars through reflected light. Presence of Water and snow around increases UV exposure 2-3 folds.

Presence  of Infrared Rays (IR) in daylight and white light and Heat in sunlight increases pigmentation and ageing process.

There are popular myths about sunscreen use, Thanks to our advertisements..

Sharing some facts to be remembered.

  • Sunscreen should be chosen according to skin color, skin type (Oily/ Dry), Amount of exposure.
  • Sunscreens are available in lotions for body parts, Gels for oily skin and creams for normal- dry skin.
  • SPF/ Sun protection factor is the number displayed on sunscreens to show how long it will work in sun. SPF 15-30 are sufficient for Dark- fair skinned Indians.
  • Sunscreens should be reapplied every 4-6 hours depending on SPF.
  • Amount taken should cover all exposed parts evenly.
  • Water resistant sunscreens work for maximum 40 minutes in water.
  • Ideal sun protection involves  Liberal, frequent use of sunscreen with adequate covering with cotton fabric.
  • Its wise to use Pharmaceutical brands for effective results than using over the counter cosmetic sunscreens.
  • Tinted sunscreens, Sunscreens with skin lightening and anti ageing agents are also useful for working individuals.




Dr. Shraddha Hemant Sonanis has done her MBBS from TNMC and Nair Hospital, Mumbai. She pursued her post-graduation in Dermatology from Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital Mumbai. She has been practicing Dermatology and Venereology since 2009. She has worked with variuos Lasers and acquired skills in Dermatosurgery. She has 9 Years of experience in Aesthetic Dermatology and Cosmetology. She has worked with renowned Kaya Skin Clinic for 6 Years. Her special interest is in Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Hair loss and Filler treatment. She likes working with new modalities of treatment for various skin disorders. She is skilled in performing aesthetic procedures like Botox, Dermal Fillers, PRP. She is trained in Mesotherapy and PRP treatment for hair loss. She has added USFDA approved Diode Laser for permanent hair reduction in her clinic. She has state of the art lasers for various other skin and hair issues. She devotes time for social causes by taking free check up camps and informative lectures for underpriviledged women and children. She frequently writes in news papers about diseases like vitiligo and leprosy which have social taboo attached to it. She believes that skin care is comprehensive approach including Balanced Diet, Healthy Lifestyle and right products suggested by Dermatologist.

One thought on “Sunscreen

  • March 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Nice article… Good awareness about sunscreen 👍


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