Many of our visitors are quite surprised about the amount of sun we get around here in the summer! It’s very bright – brighter than you would expect.
Did you know that wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is the single most important thing you can do prevent premature aging and keep your skin looking younger longer? Some people think that just using a bb cream for oily skin will be enough. I’m sure many of you have heard this mantra before, however even though this fact is well known, plenty of people out there today still do not choose to include sunscreen in their daily grooming routine. Many people probably do not know exactly why sunscreen is so important, aside from the obvious things like harmful UV rays. But if you live in a climate that isn’t tropical you may think that you’re not getting an over exposure of rays anyways and so you could just skip this.
Well all of these preconceived assumptions are wrong, and listed here are the main reasons why.
Just Because You Don’t Burn, Doesn’t Mean You’re Skin Isn’t Damaged
You are exposed to the sun every single day, many times when you are not expecting it. Whether it’s the rays that hit your face as you drive your car, or come through the window at your home or workplace, the sun’s rays are everywhere and your skin is constantly feeling them. Even though you don’t burn, those rays are still causing you damage. A study conducted on people in their mid forties who were not regular sun screen wearers, concluded that the side of their face that was most exposed to the sun during driving was considerably more wrinkled and damaged than the other one. It has also been shown that up to ninety percent of aging is caused by external factors, mostly sun exposure, which means that protecting yourself from the sun could be the most powerful way to keep yourself young.
Protecting Collagen and Elastin
It is well known that collagen and elastin are what keep your skin looking young. In your twenties your skin has plenty of this and is therefore supple, tight and smooth. However as you age your percentage of collagen decreases slightly every year, and it is for this reason that skin care companies frequently market products that are designed to replenish this lost collagen in your skin. But one of the big contributors to decreased collagen is the sun, specifically UVA rays, which penetrate deeply into your skin and cause damage to it’s collagen and elastin.
You Don’t Need to Burn to Get Vitamin D
Ever read a tanning salon advert? Almost all of them will tout the benefits of vitamin D for your health, and claim that their beds which emit UV rays can increase your levels of vitamin D significantly. Well great, that does happen to be true, but just because there is one good effect of UV exposure does not override the fact that are still considerably harmful effects to sun and tanning bed exposure. Vitamin D is important but to get adequate levels of it in your body, you don’t need to bake. Just take a thirty minute stroll outside with your arms and face exposed (wearing sunscreen of course) or take a daily vitamin pill to get an adequate amount. If tanning is what you want however, then just switch to a self tanner, there are plenty of them out on the market, which really means that you have no excuse to bake in the sun or the salon.
Where To Get Sunscreen and What Types to Use
The most important thing to remember when selecting a sunscreen to buy, is to make sure that it is broad spectrum and covers both UVA and UVB rays. It is best to get one that is at least spf 15 or higher for adequate protection. Today sunscreen is present in many other products such as foundation, daily moisturizers or even lip sticks, so choosing one is very easy. Foundation is actually a great place to find sunscreen as most brands today are spf equipped. Tinted moisturizers for those who require a simple routine are great all in one products that contain all the benefits of a moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one little tube. More full coverage foundation for those requiring extra correcting, also frequently come equipped with a decent broad spectrum spf that can help you to protect your skin without investing in too many products. Either way whichever you choose, always remember that in twenty years time, your skin will thank you for your choice to wear sunscreen.