Sunscreen is not just a lotion to protect us from sunburns on a hot day, but should be a vital part of our daily skincare routine as it will do more than prevent a red face.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day that you are exposed to the sun, in order to minimize the risk of damage that the sun can to our skin, such as skin cancer and premature aging.
I’m sure that this is not new information. We all know we should wear sunscreen! However, even though I have been told I should wear sunscreen all my life, I sure can come up with some great, but easily arguable, excuses not to wear it! Excuses such as…
“It’s not sunny outside!”
Harmful UVA rays, the rays that cause wrinkles and age spots, are not stopped by clouds! 80% of UVA rays can still reach your skin through the clouds.
“I’m inside for most of the day.”
Even though you aren’t basking in the sun in a lounge chair outside, UVA rays can pass through windows.
“I put on sunscreen this morning.”
Sunscreen is made less effective as the day goes on. It also becomes less effective once it is exposed to water or sweat. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours or after sweating or swimming. Once a a day is not enough!
“My makeup is SPF 55!”
Fantastic! However, as we learned above, sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours and after sweating or swimming. Furthermore, makeup isn’t applied to my entire face in a thick enough layer to truly benefit from the high SPF. It is safest to apply that makeup after you have used a moisturizer with sunscreen.
“I’m not a teenager, I don’t need to worry about sun damage “
Sun damage accumulates over our lifetime. While the more sunburns you get in your teens increases your risk of melanoma, the sun damage you get now just adds to the damage done earlier in life.
“I look good with a tan!”
Most of us do look extra fantastic with a nice glow! However, it has never been easier to get a good tan without the sun, thanks to the multitude of sunless tanning options that are now on the market.
“I can’t find a sunscreen that I like. “
There have never been more sunscreen options available to us. From sprays to facial moisturizers, there are so many options! This is no longer a valid excuse!
Maybe you did forget, but go put some on right now!
The bottom line is that sunscreen must be worn every day we are exposed to the sun regardless of age, skin tone, outdoor activity, or beauty routine. Today’s excuses are not worth the damage that will show up later in life.
Written By: Laura Smith