A Crucial Step In Practicing Safe Sun
26 June 2022
If there is one thing you should always carry in your summer satchel and beyond the season, it is sunscreen or sunblock. No skincare routine is complete without it.
SUNBLOCK VERSUS SUNSCREEN
While used interchangeably, sunblock and sunscreen are two different forms of sun protection. Sunscreen, which is more commonly used, filters most of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunblock reflects the sun’s rays away from your skin preventing them from penetrating. Both are an excellent form of sun protection, according to The American Academy of Dermatology who not advise using one over the other so long as they protect you from UVA and UVB rays and have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
WHY USE IT DAILY?
Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher provides a protective barrier from the sun’s rays, decreasing its harmful effects on our face and body. The benefits provided by this extend beyond preventing premature skin aging (wrinkles, sagging and age spots); it is also about your overall health. When used as directed, sunscreen and sunblock have been proven to decrease your risk of skin cancers and skin pre-cancers. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, regular use of SPF 15 or above can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
Dermatologists recommend using products with SPF15 or SPF30 daily. A simple way to incorporate this into your skincare routine without adding a step is to use a moisturizer that is equipped with sun protection.
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If these products are not for you, opt for simply adding the sunscreen or sunblock of your choice to your morning routine. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to the exposed parts of your body as well. This is a self-care step crucial for your beauty and health year-round.