Why Pune Residents Should Start Using Sunscreen: Protect Your Skin in Rising Temperatures

Rising temperatures in Pune have increased the need for daily sunscreen use. As residents face unprecedented heatwaves, protecting the skin from UV radiation is now more important than ever.
Why Pune Residents Should Start Using Sunscreen: Protect Your Skin in Rising Temperatures
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On a recent sunny afternoon, I met a friend Aarti, a young IT professional, sipping iced tea at a bustling café in Pune's Koregaon Park. Despite being the beauty aficionado in the gang, I noticed her skin had a noticeable sunburn. "I never thought I'd need sunscreen living in Pune," she admitted with a sheepish grin. "But these days, it feels like we're living in a furnace!"

Aarti's experience is becoming increasingly common among Pune residents as temperatures continue to soar. Known for its relatively mild climate compared to other Indian cities, Pune is now facing unprecedented heat waves. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city is, yet again, about to witness a heatwave.

Rising Temperatures in Pune: A New Reality?

Historically, Pune has been a haven for those looking to escape the blistering heat of cities like Mumbai and Delhi. However, climate change is altering weather patterns, leading to hotter and longer summers. This change not only affects daily comfort but also poses serious health risks, particularly concerning skin health.

The Case for Sunscreen

Sunscreen, often overlooked by many, is a crucial defense against the harmful effects of the sun. Dermatologists emphasize that sunscreen protects against ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause skin cancer, premature aging, and painful sunburns. But why is it especially important now?

Increased UV Exposure: With longer and hotter days, residents spend more time exposed to UV rays, whether commuting, exercising, or simply running errands.

Skin Cancer Prevention: India has seen a rise in skin cancer cases, and Pune is no exception. Regular use of sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers .

Premature Aging: UV rays accelerate the aging process, leading to wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of skin elasticity. Sunscreen helps maintain youthful skin by blocking these damaging effects .

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Indian skin require a broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher for effective protection against UVA and UVB rays. Given the hot and humid climate, water-resistant and sweat-resistant formulas are ideal. For oily or acne-prone skin, non-comedogenic sunscreens prevent clogged pores. Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are recommended for sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause irritation. Chemical sunscreens, which are lighter and more transparent, are suitable for daily use, especially under makeup. Tinted sunscreens offer additional protection against visible light and help even out skin tone. Brands like Neutrogena, Lotus Herbals, and La Roche-Posay provide suitable options.

Incorporating Sunscreen into Your Routine

Many people find it challenging to incorporate sunscreen into their daily routines. However, it’s easier than it seems:

Morning Routine: Apply sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine after applying moisturizer. Make it a habit, just like brushing your teeth.

Reapply: Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, especially if you're outdoors or sweating. Carry a small bottle in your bag for convenience.

Don’t Forget: Areas like the neck, ears, and hands are often neglected but equally exposed to the sun.

While sunscreen is vital, it’s not the only measure you should take. Wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, and seeking shade during peak sun hours (10 AM to 4 PM) can further reduce UV exposure .

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