Did you know that sunscreen is the most important step in your skincare routine? Protecting your skin from the sun is the most effective way to maintain an even skin tone and prevent early signs of aging. But why is sunscreen so important?

What does sunscreen actually do?

Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from the two forms of ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun: UVA and UVB rays. Both forms of UV radiation are absorbed by your skin, with UVA permeating deep into the skin, and UVB affecting the surface layer. Together, these harmful rays can accelerate aging, cause painful sunburns and significantly increase your chances of developing skin cancer. These UV rays are also found in tanning beds. 

Applying sunscreen allows you to create a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harsh rays. This helps protect your skin against damage caused by radiation and prevents any unwanted side effects or damage that the sun may cause. Repeated exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can make the skin appear leathery, with premature age spots and wrinkles being more likely to form. 

When Should I Wear Sunscreen?

Sunscreen should be worn every day as the final step in your skincare routine. Even on the cloudiest of days up to 80% of UV rays are still being absorbed due to the fact that UVA radiation is not affected by weather or season – and it can even pass through windows. 

This means that wearing sunscreen is necessary to protect your skin even in the cold winter months. UVB rays, the more intense form of radiation, are more present and easily absorbed during the warmer months. Increased precautions, such as a higher SPF, should be taken in these conditions.

Unfortunately, no one is exempt from the effects of sun damage. Everyone should be using sunscreen to protect their skin against ultraviolet radiation. Fairer skin tones take on damage more easily, however every skin tone can be damaged by UV rays and should protect themselves accordingly. 

Make sure you don’t forget your sunscreen next time you go out!