There is no better way to explain the importance of sunscreen than by quoting the wise words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sunscreen is no longer a beach-bag item used on vacation and during summer lounging at the pool, but instead has risen in importance to a medicine-cabinet staple! From when the sun rises in the morning until it falls at night, regardless of the time of year, the skin must be protected. As long as the sun is shining, SPF is required!
To inspire you to add a coat of sunscreen to your self-care routine, consider these facts:
- Crinkly skin, liver spots, and wrinkles are signs of sun damage—not aging.
- UV rays break down the “glue” of your skin, otherwise known as collagen, which maintains smooth, tight, and youthful skin. When the collagen breaks down, so does your skin.
- Sun damage is cumulative: even ten minutes of exposure a day over the course of a lifetime is enough to cause major problems.
- UVA rays penetrate glass, so your skin can be damaged even when you’re sitting near a window in your office or a classroom or driving a car.
The only way to protect the skin from the medical and aesthetic side effects of sun exposure is to apply the right sunscreen. Follow these simple guidelines to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.
- Use maximum UV protection. For everyday use, outside or in the office, choose an SPF of 30 containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
- Protect yourself. Outdoor athletes, whether on a mountain or at the beach, may have healthier hearts, but they also have more potential for sun damage. Use a lotion with an SPF of 45 to 50 and reapply according to package instructions.
- Apply to all areas. Our most exposed areas are our face, neck, and hands, but don’t forget to cover the tips of the ears, the back of your neck, and where your hair parts: areas particularly vulnerable to skin cancer.