Of all skin care products, sunscreen is a MUST. It the best anti-aging solution. It protects your skin from damaging UV-rays that lead to photo-aging and worse, skin cancer.
Sunlight consists of ultraviolet (UV) rays, as well as related rays such as UVA, UVB, and UVC.
- UVA rays are present throughout the day and are the most important cause of premature aging of the skin. In addition, UVA rays are responsible for photosensitivity reactions and also contribute to skin cancer.
- UVB rays are most intense from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and are most responsible for sunburn and skin cancer development.
- UVC rays are filtered by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth’s surface.
Sunscreen helps protect against photo-aging, which are caused by UVA rays. Unlike UVB rays that are highest during the summer, UVA rays are the same level all year round, which is why it’s imperative to wear sunscreen even during cold winter months.
Unprotected sun exposure is dangerous. Overexposure to the sun causes sunburn, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer, including melanoma.
You will regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to friends and family who have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now.
5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Wear Sunscreen:
- The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.
- Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.
- It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
- It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.
- It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.
What about the need for obtaining vitamin D via the sun?
Most people can fulfill their vitamin D requirements of 600 IU or 15mcg per day with normal daily outdoor activities amounting to five to 30 minutes twice per week.
You can also get a healthy vitamin D rich diet of fish, milk, dairy, liver, eggs and vitamin D supplementation provides daily requirements.
Prolonged sun exposure gives no extra production of necessary vitamin D, and it exposes the skin to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation which includes development of skin cancers and photo damage.