Hello lovelies, 💃🏾
How y’all step out without applying sunscreen ? The powerful UVA and UVB rays of the sun result in aging, tanning, sunburns, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and of course, skin cancer, which is why wearing daily protection is key. Sunscreen are not only meant for summer time. Whether it’s summer, winter, spring or monsoon, you need to protect your skin form harmful rays of the sun- and sunscreen does that for you.
Here are five reasons you should wear sunscreen daily
1. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays – you might have heard this a lot and be wondering how is it possible. Let me break it down. The continuously depleting ozone layer has put us at a higher risk of getting affected from the harmful rays of the sun.
UV rays penetrate the skin down to its deep layers, where cells can be damaged or even killed. UV rays from the sun is the most serious threat for skin cancer. Applying sunscreen actually blocks these harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders.
2. Sunscreen prevents premature aging – All of us love to have younger looking, glowing, and healthy skin. And, this is one of the most convincing reasons to start using sunscreen. It protects your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and fine lines.
3. Sunscreen lowers skin cancer risks – Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and melanoma by 50 percent, says Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles, clinical instructor at the University of Southern California, and on the board for Sun Safety for Kids.
Skin cancer is simply an abnormal growth of skin cells and while they can all hurt your health, most aren’t deadly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
▪ Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, accounting for just 1 percent of all cases, but it’s got the highest fatality rate. Once it’s spread to other parts of the body it has a 10 to 15 percent survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society. However, the rate of survival increases the earlier you get diagnosed—if it’s caught before it reaches the lymph nodes, the survival rate is over 90 percent—so stay current on your check-ups.
▪ Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer, is caused by excess sun exposure. People with squamous cell carcinoma have a higher risk of death from any cause than the general population, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. About 4,140 people will die from skin cancers other than melanoma in the United States this year, they add.
This is the worst type of skin cancers, which can be life threatening for women, particularly those who are in their 20s and fair-skinned. It’s important that these types of people get regular skin checks by a dermatologist.
4. Sunscreen prevents sunburn – Sunburn is damage to skin cells and blood vessels from the sun’s UV radiation. Repeated damage results in weakened skin that easily bruises. The skin may suffer repeated attacks of peeling, swelling, redness, hives, and itching. And, this comes from the influence of UVB rays. The blisters can escalate the risk of skin cancer. Make Sunscreen your BFF!
5. Sunscreen helps to maintain an even skin tone – Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.
▪ HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HARMFUL EFFECTS OF THE SUN
1. Wear large, UV-protective, dark-tinted sunglasses any time you’re outdoors. I use a photochromic lens which stands as sunglasses and eyeglasses.
2. Wearing a hat is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce your sun exposure
3. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,when the UV rays are the strongest. If you know me well, you know I avoid the sun as much as possible. The only time I get to encounter the sun is mostly weekends, and I’ll rather lock myself up in my room
4. Wear protective clothing, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and denims.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for products that are SPF 30 or greater (max. 50 ), have broad spectrum protection, and are water resistance. Avoid any products that contain ingredients your skin may be sensitive to. Make sure your sunscreen contain the following: Titanium dioxide, Octyl methoxycinnimate (OMC),Avobenzone (also parsol), and Zinc oxide.
Overall, Sunscreens act as a shield against the harmful UV rays which penetrates every time your skin is exposed to the sun. It is therefore advisable to use sunscreen every day. You may not notice the benefits now, but the advantage of using sunscreen is felt in the long run. There is also no specific time to start using sunscreen. It is always better to be late than never. Enjoy the sun 365 days with a liberal dab of sunscreen.
Do you use sunscreen? Or what is the reason behind you not using sunscreen? If you are using, what prompted you to use sunscreen? Share with us in the comments section below.
With Love ❤
Haleemah Al-sadiya 🌹