UVA rays are present throughout the day and penetrate past the skin’s epidermis and into its dermis layer. These rays are what make our skin produce melanin (aka what makes us tan) but they also contribute to skin cancer and cause fine lines and wrinkles. This is because UVA rays damage collagen in the dermis layer, and collagen is what makes our skin plump and youthful.
Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but it really should be a year-round preventive health measure. Winter might mean less sunlight but sun damage can still occur. Exposure to UV rays is much higher during winter which increases the risks of sunburns, spots and therefore might increase the chances of skin cancer too. Always wear sunscreen, no matter your skin color or tone. Sunscreen dates back to ancient Egypt, where rice bran extract and jasmine were used to help shield skin from the sun. Chemists invented the first commercial sunscreen in 1936, and it has been improved upon ever since. Modern sunscreens are water resistant, and are included in many cosmetics and beauty products, such as primers, foundations, serums, and creams. Here are the top reasons why wearing sunscreen is so important.
1.Decreases the risk of cancer
The number one reason you should prioritize wearing sunscreen is that it helps to protect you from developing skin cancer. Daily SPF use, even if it is cloudy or raining, can help protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer. It is especially important to protect your skin from melanoma, which is the most deadly type of skin cancer.
2.Helps to maintain an even skin tone
Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.
3.Prevents premature aging of the skin
Sun damage from UV rays causes photoaging of the skin, which is characterized by a thick, leathery look; discoloration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of aging than those who don’t.
4.Lowers blotchiness on face
Apply sunscreen liberally on your face to prevent the onset of that irritating blotchiness and eruptions of red veins. This is also essential to prevent the onset of acne and other sun rays- induced damages.
5.Enhances skin’s health
The essential skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin are protected by sunscreen. These proteins are required for keeping the skin smooth and healthy. Make sure your sun block has titanium oxide in it for endowing these benefits to the skin.
6.Sunscreen offers better protection than a full sleeve dress
You cannot safeguard yourself from the sun by wearing a full-sleeve dress! Do you know that a cotton dress, particularly when damp, offers zero protection from the harmful rays of the sun? Just apply a generous amount of sunscreen under the dress as well.
7.Limits 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 aging. Sunspots are caused by hyperpigmentation of the skin and are typically flat areas of discolored skin that can be different shades of brown. Sunspots can appear in the following areas of the body:
- Back of the hands