At this rate many of us are attuned to the fact that not protecting your skin from the sun can lead to skin cancer however, there are many other ways the sun can damage your skin, which could give you the incentive you need to, not just cover up, but block-up.
How often should I wear sunscreen?
Many beauty and health care professionals recommend wearing sunscreen not just on the days you sit out in the park, beach or backyard, but everyday, come summer, come winter. The sun’s UV rays slips its way through windows, clouds and finds ways to reflect off of snow, blankets and white walls. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours and, on all exposed body parts, including ears and lips.
The role of a good sunscreen
A good sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are known to cause aging skin, whether it be fine lines, brown sun spots or wrinkles, while UVB rays are what causes the skin to burn. Both types are carcinogens, which means that all skin types, fair or dark, need to protect against its cancerous effects.
How to choose the right sunscreen
Find a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, so it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 30 or higher. And by the way, SPF stands for sun protection factor, in case anyone was wondering. It’s best to choose a sunscreen that is paraben and sulfate free, especially since you want to apply sunscreen everyday after reading this article! There are also tinted sunscreens out there, which can be used in place of a foundation, or you can purchase beauty products which add SPF to their thoughtful beauty line.