Sunscreen: The most important step in your skincare routine

Yes, sunscreen is important and we should be wearing it daily. The benefits of sunscreen aren’t reserved only for the summer months. It’s necessary year-round to protect against skin damage. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. Applying sunscreen every day should be the foundation of your skin care routine. 

3 reasons why you should wearing sunscreen every day

#1 Sunscreen is the best way to prevent signs of aging

Sunscreen shields your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Studies reveal that people below the age of 55 who used sunscreen had 24% lesser chances of developing these aging signs than non-sunscreen and occasional sunscreen

#2 Reduce the risk of skin cancer

Sunscreen minimizes UV damage and decreases your risk of skin cancers and skin precancers. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40% and lower your melanoma risk (the deadliest skin cancer) by 50% . 

#3 Promote a more even skin tone

UV damage can cause skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation. Certain areas may appear darker or constantly look red or irritated. One of the key benefits of sunscreen is it’s a preventative way to maintain a more even skin tone. Using sunscreen regularly in addition to staying hydrated are two key ways to give your skin the care it needs to appear fresh and healthy-looking.

How to choose the right sunscreen?

Any sunscreen you choose should be labeled broad spectrum, meaning it protects skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays; UVA rays are present all day long, year-round, and, unlike UVB rays that cause sunburn, you don’t feel UVA damaging skin.

Only purchase sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. That is the minimum rating recommended by most dermatologists and medical boards worldwide.

Apply sunscreen liberally to the face, neck, and chest area, if it will be exposed to daylight. Spread a layer you can see, and then massage it into the skin. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb before applying makeup.