Some people believe they only need to apply sunscreen when heading to the beach, a pool, or an outdoor picnic. This is a completely dangerous and inaccurate misconception. No one should ever go outside without sunscreen. There are countless reasons why. But thankfully, many skin issues caused by unprotected encounters with the sun are preventable with daily sunscreen use.
* Prevention of sunburns
Sunburn is the skin’s reaction to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Skincare professionals emphasize the importance of skin protection daily to avoid this. Sunburns can happen quickly when you are outside with no protection, as well as at tanning salons. When you get sunburned, it can lead to irreversible damage to many layers of the skin as well as skin cancer, wrinkling, dark spots, inflammation, and many other skin issues. Some severe sunburns bring blisters and pain, can also leave permanent scaring to your skin.
* Reducing the signs of aging
Sun exposure with little or no protection can cause serious damage to your skin. The negative effects can lead to damage of the elastin, collagen and skin cells. Over time, this can lead to premature signs of aging that emerge as discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, and a rough, leathery appearance of the skin. Premature aging is common in those who spend time in the sun without sunscreen in their teens, 20s and 30s. So again, always wear sunscreen when going outside, even if you feel it’ll only be for a few minutes.
* Reduce the risks of skin cancer
Using sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy, is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. Period. It’s indisputable and fact. In order to lower your risk of developing skin cancer, you should be using a minimum of SPF 30 several times each day. For more protection, many use a 70 SPF. When spending longer periods outdoors, or if you will be in the water, make sure you reapply every two hours.
* Protect you from UV rays
Ultraviolet rays (UV) are always present and cause major damage to the skin including premature aging and skin cancers as we discussed. The depletion of the ozone layer has increased this danger. The rays are not blocked by clouds and are present even when the sun is not visible. In all these situations, you are still being exposed to the UV rays. Daily use of sunscreen helps to keep your skin safe from the dangerous effects of the sun’s UV rays. A misconception is that if you have a darker complexion, the melanin in your skin can give you some protection from sunburn. However, you still need to protect your skin from those harmful ultraviolet rays. No matter your skin tone you are still in danger of serious damage to your skin.
* Reduce inflammation in the skin
When our skin is exposed to and burned by UV rays it can cause painful redness in the skin layers and inflammation. This can be especially challenging for individuals with skin conditions like psoriasis or rosacea. But in general, inflammation in the skin can cause detrimental harm to your skin’s health and appearance. Wearing sunscreen every day helps to prevent inflammation from harmful UV rays.
* Prevent skin discoloration
Skin discolorations are often called sunspots or liver spots and are most always much darker in color then your skin tone and effect both men and women with a history of previous sun damage. They often show up on the face, head, hands, and arms. Applying sunscreen daily can help prevent these spots from appearing on your skin.
So, no matter your skin tone, make sure you are wearing and reapplying sunscreen daily. Another added layer of prevention is adding protective clothing to the mix. Try to cover your arms and legs to help keep them out of the sun. Don’t forget the hat and sunglasses. They are also helpful in addition to your sunscreen.