Is it really necessary to wear sunscreen every day?
Applying sunscreen can feel like such a hassle. It’s sticky. it smells. And more and more of us actually prefer a bronzed glow during the summer. On the other hand, we’ve heard UV light is kind of bad for us. But how bad is it really?
People often ask us what the first step should be when caring for their skin. And we give the same answer every time: find a daily sunscreen!
Regardless of your gender, age, or skin type, sunscreen should be the first thing on your list. That big ball in the sky produces both UVA and UVB rays, harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin resulting in hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines, wrinkles and even skin cancer.
Think of your skin as a miraculous, self-healing organ that acts as a protective barrier for your body; you get a scratch and your cells work together to heal that scratch. But when ultraviolet rays come into the equation, they break down our collagen, a vital protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. Collagen is responsible for sustaining tendons, skin and cartilage and providing integrity, firmness and elasticity to their structures. Sunscreen saves the day, acting as a shield for your cells and allowing them to fight another day.
Once protected from the sun, our cells can heal acne scars, smooth your skin’s texture, and even self-detox but without sunscreen none of those things are possible because it’s all hands on deck to fend off the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
In a nutshell, sunscreen protects you from more than sunburn. If you want your skin to radiate youth, elasticity and health for a long time to come, grab the sunscreen!
But what about my tan? Our skin darkens in a process called “pigmentation,” as a way to protect itself from extended exposure to ultraviolet light. We know a tan can look pretty but eventually those tans turn into dark sunspots that can be hard to lift and the sun can leave your skin feeling thick and rough over time.
Grab a bronzing lotion to get similar results at home without all the damage to your precious dermis. We love this one for all skin types from Banana Boat!
What kind of sunscreen should I use? There is no shortage of options in the sunscreen market these days including lotion, spray, mineral, and sweat-resistant. Above all else, it’s important to select a broad spectrum (or full spectrum) sunscreen as it is designed to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
What about cloudy days? Those ultraviolet rays are powerful enough to push through the clouds even when we can’t see the sun. Even on cloudy days, never skip the sunscreen!
What is your favorite sunscreen and/or bronzing lotion?