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The benefits of wearing sunscreen outdoors are numerous, especially during the summer. The primary advantage sunscreen offers is that it protects us from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can damage our skin, and exposure to them can lead to sunburns and an increased risk of skin cancer. When deciding which sunscreen is best for you throughout the year, be sure to pay attention to three main factors: the product’s SPF number, its UVA protection, and its ingredients.
- SPF (Sun Protection Factor): Consumers should know that the SPF determines how well the sunscreen will protect the skin against UVB rays, which are just one type of sunburn-inducing and skin cancer-causing type of rays. It is recommended that everyone apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 – and reapplied every two hours outdoors or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating. To get the appropriate protection SPF 30 offers, you need to apply at least a shot glass amount to cover all sun-exposed areas. SPF in make-up is not nearly enough protection, so always use sunscreen as well!
- UVA protection: UVA rays also can result in more permanent damage to the body, such as wrinkles and melanoma. Melanoma is the most common and most threatening type of skin cancer in the United States, so using a sunscreen that contains UVA protection is imperative. UVA rays also can cause other signs of premature ageing, such as dark spots and other DNA damage, so choose a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, usually with the term “broad-spectrum” written on the bottle.
- Ingredients: Different types of elements within sunscreens can offer protection. Avobenzone and oxybenzone are two types of components considered “chemical blockers.” In some people, these ingredients may be slightly irritating to the skin, so instead, a “physical blocker” should be tried. Examples of “physical blockers” are titanium oxide and zinc oxide, usually gentler on the skin and often found in sunscreens for infants.
While challenging and resilient, the skin is also susceptible to permanent and life-threatening damage when harmed, but applying the right sunscreen with the right ingredients decreases the risks. Taking care of your body also means taking care of your skin. Incorporating good sunscreen into your daily routine will help ensure that your skin feels and looks its best.
The Benefits of Sunscreen
Your skin is your largest organ and has essential functions such as guarding your body against germs as well as helping to regulate your body’s temperature. While your skin also offers your body protection from the sun’s rays, that doesn’t mean you should go out without giving your skin proper protection in return. Without sunscreen, your skin is vulnerable to a host of problems. Here are five reasons why you should use sunscreen daily.
1. Reduce the Signs of Ageing
If you want to reduce the signs of ageing, then make sunscreen your friend. Going out in the sun without protection can damage the collagen and connective tissues of your skin — and that means you can lose elasticity and gain wrinkles.
2. Limit the Appearance of Sunspots
Being exposed to the sun’s UV rays can also cause sunspots (also known as “age spots” or “liver spots”), which is a culprit in increasing the look of ageing. Sunspots are caused by hyperpigmentation of the skin and are typically flat areas of discoloured skin that can be different shades of brown. Sunspots can appear in the following areas of the body:
- Back of the hands
3. Protect the Skin from Sunburn
Too much sun exposure or exposure to UV light (such as tanning beds), without protection, could result in a painful burn. You could see increased sunspots and skin damage with repeated sun exposure and no protection. Sunburn can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer. A sunburn typically takes a few days or longer to heal, so it’s critical to always wear sunscreen, even on cooler, cloudy days.
4. Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer is to wear sunscreen. The Centres For Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, but the higher the number, the better the UV protection.
For all-day protection, it’s also necessary to reapply sunscreen:
- When you are out in the sun for more than 2 hours
- After swimming or sweating
- After towelling off
5. Avoid Broken Blood Vessels
Also known as telangiectasias, UV rays can damage the skin’s blood vessel walls, thus causing them to thin. The thinning of blood vessels leaves the appearance of bruising or bleeding.