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  • Writer's pictureLuisa Slay

Sunscreen Savvy: Shielding Your Skin for a Radiant Tomorrow

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

The Importance of Daily Sun Protection

Ever wondered how sunblock works?

Undoubtedly, you're aware of the significance of sunscreen during sun exposure. Regular application of sunscreen is the most effective means to safeguard your skin's well-being and youthful appearance, at any age. Not only does it aid in preventing sunburn, it also plays a pivotal role in reducing the risk of skin cancer, and premature aging, and helps maintain an even skin tone. WHEN it is used regularly.

When should you apply sunscreen?

The answer is every day, whether you're by the pool or not. Why? Because we're exposed to the sun's rays daily. The simplest way to counter those harmful UVA/UVB rays is by integrating an SPF into your daily skincare routine.

Does your moisturizer already contain SPF? Nowadays, most moisturizers come with an SPF of at least 30, which is excellent as it provides 97% protection for your skin. Additionally, there are BB creams and foundations available with an SPF of at least 15, offering 93% protection.

Who Benefits From Sunscreen?

Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) from the sun can harm the DNA in skin cells, potentially causing premature aging and skin cancer. Studies indicate that in the United States, particularly among Hispanic and African American populations, individuals often do not consistently use sunscreen or take other protective measures against sun exposure. Nevertheless, it's important to note that regardless of an individual's skin tone, all skin types are susceptible to sunburn, premature aging, skin cancer, and other health problems when exposed to excessive sunlight.

With that being said, everyone should apply sunscreen, regardless of their skin tone or age. It's a common misconception that if you are young, you don't need to worry about sun damage. In fact, it's during youth that you should take the most precautions and care for your skin to ensure you have radiant and healthy skin in the future.

Where Else Should You Apply?

Did you know that it's equally important to apply SPF 30 to your neck and décolleté? These areas have thinner, more delicate skin and are especially vulnerable to sun damage.

Additionally, don't forget to apply sunscreen to the back of your hands, particularly when you're driving. Sun rays can penetrate through the windshield and onto your hands as you grip the steering wheel. As well as the left side of your face, so take proactive measures to protect your skin.

This woman took great care of the skin on her face but neglected the skin on her neck.

How to Select the Right Sunscreen

Before we proceed, please note: the American Academy of Dermatology recommends selecting a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for daily use. It's essential to find a product that suits your lifestyle, budget, and, perhaps most importantly, your skin type, whether it's dry, oily, acne-prone, or sensitive. Regardless of your skin type, the right sunscreen can shield you from harmful UV rays while addressing any skin concerns.

For dry skin, opt for a moisturizing sunscreen containing ingredients like shea butter or glycerin to combat dryness. Additionally, consider a product enriched with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that aids in water retention. It's important to note that this ingredient works most effectively when combined with a moisturizing agent that seals in the moisture.

For those with oily or acne-prone skin, selecting a moisturizer that addresses both sun protection and common issues like uneven skin tone or acne can be beneficial. Consider opting for an oil-free or mattifying moisturizer, which are great during humid summer days.

For individuals with sensitive skin, it's advisable to choose a sunscreen with a simpler formulation. Opt for a physical (mineral) sunscreen containing ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these are inert and far less likely to irritate the skin.

In Summary

Sunscreen is a crucial tool for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, preventing sunburn, reducing the risk of skin cancer, and maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. It should be a part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of your skin type or tone.

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