One of the biggest misconceptions in the beauty world is that you only need sunscreen in the summer. Yep, that is plain and simply wrong! To be fair, it makes sense that one would think that. After all, in the heat and sun, obviously, you are more likely to get burnt. Well, that’s just it! Sunscreen is not only for the visible rays that you can see, and it’s not only for protecting your skin from getting burnt.
To fully understand that, you need to know about the sun’s rays. There are 2 types of rays that the sun gives off. The first are the rays that you can see, and the second type of rays are the invisible ones called ultraviolet rays. These are always present, even on cloudy rainy days. What’s more, the ultraviolet rays are the ones that cause skin damage and skin cancer.
Aside from protecting your skin from cancer, wearing sunscreen also protects your skin from ageing quicker. One of the side effects of the sun is that it knows how to age skin and add lines and wrinkles to the skin. In this day in age, everyone is looking for the best anti-ageing tips and tricks, with many opting for fillers and surgery. Well, you don’t need to inject yourself, nor go under the knife. The easiest and healthiest way to keep yourself looking young is by wearing SPF every day religiously! If this sounds too simple, it’s because it is!
When I was in my teens my friends and I spent far too many hours in the sun, with the one goal of getting a suntan. I even remember one friend took it one step further and applied oil to her face so that she would get a tan quicker. Now that I’m older and wiser, I can admit that we were young and stupid! If you are a teenager and desperate for a tan, there are plenty of safe fake tanners that you can use! You don’t need to resort to the measures that we took. Self-tanners have come a long way since 20 years ago, and many of them look super natural and smell lovely too. Do a favour to you and your skin, and use a self-tanner instead of the sun, you’ll get a more even, healthier glow! Really it’s a win-win, and you get to be sun-kissed all year round!
The suns effect on your skin
Here’s a summary of what sunscreen does for your skin:
- Protects against sunburn
- Prevents unnecessary lines and wrinkles
- Protects your skin from skin cancer
- Protects from redness and irritation
- Helps with an even complexion
- Protects from harmful UV rays
As you can see, it’s well worth your while to add a little SPF into your daily morning routine. It’s a small effort that protects your skin hugely! And the great thing is that there are so many ways to incorporate SPF into your daily routine without adding another product to your list. From moisturisers with SPF to foundations, as well as tinted sunscreens, you won’t even notice the added SPF.
Many people are under the misconception that wearing a lot of SPF will block their body from absorbing vitamin D. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not true. You can still get enough vitamin D even with SPF.
What to look for in a sunscreen?
- Now that you know how important it is to wear sunscreen, you need to know what to look out for in sunscreen. The number 1 thing to look out for in your sunscreen is ‘broad spectrum. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays, which is a must.
- Choose a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF because they usually block about 97% of UVB rays from the sun. No sunscreen blocks 100% of the sun’s rays, the higher numbers simply protect your skin for longer. If you aren’t good at reapplying your SPF regularly when you’re in the sun, then a higher SPF is a good idea for you.
- When choosing your sunscreen, it is better to choose a cream or lotion over a spray. The advantage to using a spray is that it takes no time to apply, however, usually when you cut corners things aren’t done properly which is the case here. It may be easier to apply a spray, but using a lotion will protect your skin better because you are more likely to apply it everywhere.
- One small tip is to check the expiry date on your SPF. Using it after it has expired will not protect your skin fully. If you can’t find an expiry date, once it’s a year old I recommend replacing it.
To sum it up, you need sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy and even if you don’t step outside. The dangerous rays get through everything, so protect you and your skin by applying SPF every morning when you wake up.
If you’ve been struggling with your skin for a while and you’ve tried all types of cream, medication etc without seeing results, SPF may just be what your skin is screaming for. Looking after your skin without wearing SPF is a lot like shovelling snow while it’s still snowing. You will never get the results you’re looking for without protecting your skin first!
I hope I’ve managed to convince you to wear SPF every day, rain or shine! It’s really an investment for healthy skin, and your skin and your health will thank you in the years to come!
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