If you have access to a TV, Radio, or the Internet then it is a safe bet that you have already heard about the benefits of integrating sunscreen into your daily routine. Beauty bloggers, health experts, and governmental bodies have all given their opinion on the matter. Of course, none of us are perfect. Whether your skin “sins” are big or small, whether you’re prone to oiling up before you hit the beach, or you’re simply inconsistent in your coverage, your skin is being damaged by any frequent or intense exposure to the sun and the harmful UVR which it contains.
Here are some reasons to consider making SPF protection part of your daily routine in one way or another:
It Decreases Your Chance of Developing Skin Cancer
It is estimated that 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers, and 65% of all melanomas are caused by exposure to the sun and ultraviolet radiation. These UV rays can cause gene mutations which lead to skin cancer, and so applying sunscreen, or even make-up or moisturiser with SPF protection, is one of the most effective ways in which you can protect yourself from an increased risk of skin cancer.
You are Less Likely to Get a Dreaded Sunburn
Most of us have suffered through the itching, swelling, peeling, and, if it is really bad, blistering of sunburn at some time in our lives, but few of us know just how dangerous it can be! Sunburn occurs due to overexposure, and the pain that comes with it is a result of damage to the skin cells; this damage can cause cancerous mutations, or increase the risk of them. Five sunburns across your adult life can double the risk you face of skin cancer, but just one blistering burn in childhood has the same effect.
It Helps Fend Off Premature Aging of the Skin
We all want to look good as we age, and protecting yourself from UV rays with sunscreen can contribute to this; exposure wreaks havoc on your skin by causing “photoaging”. The results are sagging, wrinkling, discolouration, hyperpigmentation spots (sometimes known as age or liver spots), and a leathery texture. If you want to keep your skin soft and smooth, adding SPF to your daily routine goes a long way to achieving this.
You should wear sun protection always as even on overcast days 70% – 80% of UV rays make it through clouds and fog, and surfaces like water, concrete, or snow can increase their effects by as much as 80%. So you see, it really is essential that you add sunscreen to your daily ablutions without delay; you can decrease your risk of cancer, and look better for longer.