Sunscreen is hands down the holy grail of skin care from both a health and aesthetic point of view. Applying sunscreen is an essential step in order to prevent the sun’s harmful rays which can cause skin cancer. It is also incredibly important to apply sunscreen in order to prevent the most prevalent signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and loss of elasticity. Let’s delve deeper into these two topics.
From a health perspective, it is vital to use sunscreen to protect one's skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Due to the consistent depletion of the ozone layer, our exposure to these harmful rays are always increasing. By applying sunscreen everyday, many experts believe that one can cut their risk of contracting skin cancers by 50%! Many people make the mistake of forgetting to apply sunscreen to their face and body during the winter, cloudy days, and/or while indoors. While it is true that these three factors may decrease the total amount of UV rays exposed to the face an body, they certainly do not properly protect us from the sun. 80% of UV rays can make it past thick cloud cover. Therefore, it is essential to apply sunscreen to your face and body even when it is cloudy.
The biggest misconception people have is that SPF protection is not necessary while indoors. This is false and if you want to prevent skin cancer and signs of aging, it is essential to apply SPF even if you are indoors for most of the day. For one, UV rays can make it past windows because most are not properly treated with UV blocking filters. In addition, there are studies that show that the blue light emitted from our electronic devices can also be potentially harmful to our skin.
From an aesthetic perspective, prolonged exposure to UV rays is the number one contributor to the signs of aging. While facials and fillers can certainly help prevent and treat signs of aging, the simple addition of sunscreen into your skin care routine will make a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your skin. The good news is that the application of sunscreen is incredibly easy and cost effective and therefore can be an easy habit to maintain.
You may notice that there are many different types of sunscreens on the market. Some sunscreens are considered physical barrier sunscreens. These include sunscreens made from iron oxide, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. These three ingredients create an actual physical carrier to UV and blue light rays. Because these ingredients are made to sit on top of the skin, they are better to use if you have oily or acne prone skin. The other types of sunscreens are considered chemical sunscreens. These sunscreens actually absorb the harmful UV rays before they have a chance to damage the skin. Many prefer chemical sunscreens due to how they look and feel on the face. Both are perfectly acceptable options. However, if you are just beginning to add sunscreen to your skincare routine, it may take a little bit of trial and error to see what type of sunscreen your skin likes best. At the end of the day, the best sunscreen is a sunscreen that you are more likely to use.
Remember, do not rely on the SPF in your moisturiser and/or foundation. While they are better than no SPF at all, often times we do not use enough of the product to receive the optimal SPF coverage. In addition, SPF must be reapplied throughout the day and not everyone wants to reapply a full face of makeup. Make sure to read the instructions on your sunscreen and reapply as suggested (usually every 2-6 hours).
Neglected sunscreen application? Do not feel guilty- it is never too late to start! We offer amazing skin treatments to help prevent and reverse the signs of aging.