Do you only apply sunscreen when you’re at the beach? Do you routinely forget to apply sunscreen before leaving the house? Maybe you think it’ll turn you as greasy as a deep fried piece of KFC chicken? I’m here to convince you otherwise.
Jokes aside, sunscreen should always be incorporated into your skincare routine even if you plan on having a chill day at home.
Okay, okay, why is it so important?
Stops UVA Rays
UVA are the light rays from the sun that our skin is more likely to come into contact with on a daily basis. UVA rays penetrate the skin at the dermis level of the skin, second layer and cause aging of the skin overtime and may be responsible for the cause of skin cancers. They also give our skin a tanned look but also ages us with things like developing wrinkles.
Stops UVB Rays
UVB are the light rays from the sun that our skin is less likely to come into contact with but more stronger than UVA rays. UVB is the cause of skin cancers and when our skin goes red and burns, this is because they have penetrated the epidermis, upper layer of our skin.
How do I protect myself?
- Chemical or Physical Sunscreen daily application of SPF of no less than 15+ will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB ultra violet radiation. More on that here.
- Seek shade as much as possible when outside
- Wear a hat and sunglasses and adequate clothing that will cover your skin
- Don’t use tanning booths
Having tanned skin is beautiful but please do not do so at the risk of your health. Anyone got any good recommendations for self tanners? Lol.
Love your health.