I have always struggled with sunscreen.
I hate the way it smells, I hate that it’s slimy, I hate that I have to reapply it every couple hours and I hate that it makes my hands sticky for the rest of the day.
But, that’s no excuse.
The benefits of sunscreen outweigh my superficial dislikes by about 100 million. From protecting me from skin cancer, to saving my skin cosmetically, to preventing premature aging — sunscreen is the real MVP.
So, this is why you (and I) should wear it.
4 Reasons You Should Wear Sunscreen:
1. Protects you from harmful UV rays.
The ozone layer is depleting and our bodies need shielding from harmful rays.
Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF — aka Sun Protection Factor — is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.
2. Lowers the risk of skin cancer.
This shouldn’t be news to you.
Prolonged, unprotected time in the sun has direct links to skin cancer. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays — aka wearing sunscreen — can help prevent this.
3. Prevents premature aging.
Did you know the number-one cause of premature aging of the face is ultraviolet exposure? By wearing sunscreen, you are slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin.
4. Helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
In addition to slowing aging of the skin, sunscreen prevents facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
A Few Questions:
What about obtaining vitamin D from the sun?
Even if you’re wearing sunscreen, you can still soak up vitamin from the sun.
Another option is to maintain a vitamin D-rich diet of fish, milk, dairy, liver, eggs and daily vitamin D supplements.
According to certified dermatopathologists, prolonged sun exposure doesn’t provide any extra production of necessary vitamin D.
Are there any sunscreen alternatives that don’t leave behind a white layer?
Now, there are a bunch of formulas that wither match the skin’s tone, bronze or simply god on clear. Click here for a list of great options.
Do spray-on sunscreens work?
They do — and they’re awesome.
This type of sunscreen is great for outdoor enthusiasts who need to apply every couple hours, and people who hate the feeling of lotion on their hands.
As long as you’re sure to hit every part of your body — you’re good!
Does sunscreen really expire?
Expired sunscreen has literally fallen apart — meaning it will no longer protect you from the sun.
Don’t use it. Get rid of it.
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