Sunscreen Might Be the Most Important Skincare Step

Sunscreen is important to wear during the summer months to prevent damage from the sun. However, it’s equally important to include it as part of your skin care routine during the winter months.

Though invented in 1936, many modern sunscreen products have advanced qualities such as water and sweat resistance. This allows people who use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 to experience 24% fewer signs of skin aging than those who don’t use products every day. This is the reason that many skin care, makeup foundations, creams, and serums include sunscreen protection.

Sunscreen on Cloudy Days?

Yes! Even on overcast days, 80% of the sun’s UV rays still are affecting your skin. Thinking that your skin is not in any danger on a cloudy day is a facility. This fact remains true on a snowy day when the snow reflects that UV rays exposing your skin to sun damage. The effect increases at higher altitudes. According to the Skin Institute, sunscreen is important even on cloudy days and can reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Reasons to Make Sunscreen Part of Your Daily Skin Care Routine

  1. Using sunscreen as part of your skincare routine protects it from damaging UV rays. Without sunscreen, there is a risk of sun damage and skin cancer. It also lowers the risk of sunburn. This is increasingly important with the depletion of the ozone layer. Approximately an ounce of the product will provide this level of protection.
  2. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 71,943 individuals received a diagnosis of melanoma in 2013. Of these, 9,394 individuals died from the disease. Sunscreen as part of a skin care routine could have prevented some of these cases.
  3. Sunscreen as part of a daily skin care routine can prevent premature aging of the skin. Using a daily sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 can reduce skin aging by 24% over those who don’t do it. This is because sunscreen blocks harmful UV rays that cause skin damage such are leathery, sagging, and wrinkled skin.
  4. Lastly, individuals with red hair have a higher risk level. According to SkinCancer.Org, this is primarily because most redheads have fair skin. The MC1R gene produces both red hair and fair skin which increases the risk of cancer.

So, individuals using a daily sunscreen of 15 have a 24% less chance of skin aging and cancer than those who don’t. Sunscreen in a daily skin care routine is that important. For more information, give us a call today.

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