As the summer comes closer, let us remind you of the importance of SPF in your skincare routine.
We’ll begin with breaking a myth about how SPF should be only used in summers or on sunny days. This is a false statement; you need SPF all year round, even in the north pole or on a cloudy day.
While you might not feel exposed to the sun, you are. Applying a generous amount of sunscreen half an hour before leaving the house is crucial. If you are still not convinced, then these benefits of wearing sunscreen every day will surely help you make up your mind about SPF:
Decreases the Risk of Skin Cancer
SPF, or sun protection factor, is the measure of protection a person can receive from UVB rays of the sun. UVA or UVB rays are cancer-causing. They can penetrate your skin and damage skin cells. Due to ozone depletion, it has become imperative to use sunscreen to prevent prolonged exposure to UV radiation.
Helps with Hyperpigmentation
Sun can not only cause cancer, but it can also damage melanin in the skin. This, in turn, cause discoloration or hyperpigmentation. A skin condition that results in uneven skin tone.
Prevents Skin Burns
These UV rays are harmful to such an extent that you can get sunburnt (red, hot to touch patches) without sunscreen. Sunburn can be painful and may take days to heal, depending on how severe they are. The degree of sunburn depends on the amount of direct exposure you get from the sun without sun protection. The SPF act as a barrier against the sun and prevents burns or rapid tanning.
Protection Against Wrinkles
UVA rays have a longer wavelength and less energy than UVB rays. Instead of burning the skin, it breaks the collagen. This causes wrinkles, lines, and sagging. The broad spectrum in your SPF cream indicates that the sunscreen can block UVA rays. Thus giving you younger-looking and fresher skin.
Prevents Heat Exhaustion
There will always be a risk of heatstroke or heat exhaustion due to the upcoming hot weather. Sunscreen can prevent you from getting a heat stroke. High-quality SPF creams, zinc oxide, and titanium oxide act as a wall, reflect the UV rays, and reduce the skin’s temperature.
The most effective protection you can get from the sun is applying a good amount of sunscreen thirty minutes before leaving your house and then reapplying it every two hours. It is necessary to use the same amount of sunscreen with a high SPF value in winter as in summer because UV rays reach your skin even in winters.