Why Wearing Sunscreen Everyday is Important

Here’s a little reminder: Make wearing sunscreen a habit. A daily habit.


Yes, I mean every single day so that is 365 days a year (366 for leap years). Don’t forget to reapply as well.


A minimum of SPF 15 is recommended. Even when you are staying indoors and it’s a cloudy day, the sun’s rays can penetrate through the clouds and your windows and reach your skin.


Here are the top reasons you should wear sunscreen everyday:


Protection from UV Rays


There are two common types of UV rays.


We have the UVA rays which can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin and even pass through windows. They can speed up the formation of signs of aging such as dark spots and wrinkles.


UVB rays only affects the top skin later and cause sunburns and skin damage. You might think it’s okay to get a little bit of a tan but no, these rays also play a role in the development of skin cancer. No, thank you!


Prevent sunburn


Speaking of sun burn, we all hate how sensitive and painful our skin feels after too much time in the sun. Even when you’re not at the beach all day, it is better to stay safe and apply sunscreen.


Reduce skin cancer risk


The damage that UV radiation has accumulates. Even just less than twenty minutes under the sun each day will add up the damage on your skin and there is a greater danger of developing skin cancer.


It’s also important to re-apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours due to sun exposure and sweat.


Decrease the chance of early skin aging


Too much sun exposure leads to damaged skin. You can get wrinkles and brown spots quicker than you usually should.  


Keep an even skin tone


This might seem like a very superficial reason but it’s also a very good reason. Having an uneven skin tone (the cream and coffee tan lines) is an insecurity and I wish I was more consistent with my sunscreen application even before.


Physical vs Chemical Sunscreen


There is physical and chemical sunscreen. Using a physical sunscreen is the better option because the main ingredients in these types of sunscreens have been around for years and they work really well to keep sun damage away. They are also the culprit for giving you a ghost face when you apply your sunscreen.


But it’s amazing that there are so many brands and companies out there that are coming up with physical sunscreens that are comfortable to wear, without the ghost-like look.


Physical or mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide. This type of sunscreen protects the skin by shielding it from UV rays and scattering them.


There are also chemical sunscreens that contain octisalate, avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone and allow the absorption of UV radiation and releases it from the skin as heat.


Blog recap:

  • Wear sunscreen every single day even if you stay indoors or if it’s a cloudy day.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you do strenuous activities that make you sweat a lot.
  • Choose a physical sunscreen (zinc or titanium oxide)
  • Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 (higher is better)


 

Resources/Articles

5 important reasons to always wear sunscreen 

UVA vs UVB Rays 

UV Radiation and Status on Sunscreens 

Sunscreen vs Sunblock 



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