East Bajac Bajac, Olongapo City – After getting exfoliative dermatitis from the simple hydroquinone experiment on me, I’m starting to ponder on what seems to be a better alternative to get fairer skin. Then it hit me – sunscreen! It was a physiological afterthought.
Fact: Melanocyte production is induced by the sun. People who don’t get enough sunlight do have whiter skin due to lack of stimulus. Genetic variation is all about production. Each individual has skin that has a unique reaction to sunlight.
Fact: Without treatment, some areas of your skin have a different tone than other parts that are exposed to more sunlight. The lighter areas are usually those that you wear undergarments on. This is why there are bra lines and panty lines. These areas are going to be the target skin tone you can have if you can adequately block out sunlight.
Fact: Sunscreen can reflect ultraviolet rays that can induce melanin production. Frequent use during the day can effectively hinder melanin production. The effects can be combined with the use of a cap, an umbrella, and light clothing that can cover areas of your skin without producing too much body heat.
Fact: Dermatologists and Aestheticians always include a sunscreen as a “day cream.” This is especially given if you request to have a much fairier skin or if you are in a skin whitening regimen. They usually combine them with other creams such as a moisturizer or other prescribed skin regimens depending on your skin type.
Specialists recommend the use of a sunscreen. It doesn’t really matter what SPF or sun protection factor you use. The higher it is, the more expensive. You apply the cream 30 minutes before you expect heavy sunlight exposure and apply them again after 30 minutes of intense sunlight. You apply less if you use an umbrella, a cap, or a hat. Sunglasses are useful too since they protect the skin around the eyes and protects your eyes too from harmful rays.
Fact: Sunlight exposure is related to aging of the skin and is the most important risk factor for skin cancers. Lo and behold, frequent use of sunscreen in sun-exposed areas are actually healthy and may be the elixir of youth; you just don’t drink it.