We all know we should wear sunscreen, but how many people remember to apply it each day? Just like you brush your teeth every morning, sunscreen needs to be part of your daily routine. Trust us, your future skin will thank you. Here are Innovative Medspa’s top 5 reasons NOT to skimp on SPF.
Protects Skin from the Sun’s Harmful Ultraviolet Rays
There are two main types of Ultraviolet rays that contribute to putting us at risk of developing skin cancer – UVA and UVB. UVA rays are known to have a longer wavelength than UVB and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. UVB rays have shorter wavelengths and are responsible for causing the skin to burn after prolonged exposure. Over exposure to both of these rays without the proper SPF can result in hyperpigmentation, malignant melanomas, as well as visible signs of premature aging. No thank you!
Lowers your Risk of Skin Cancer
With skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the US, applying a daily SPF as directed can significantly decrease your odds of overexposure. According to the CDC – 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer everyday. Skin that sunburns or blisters is at a higher risk of skin cancer. That’s why it is imperative to find a sunscreen with the proper SPF and wear it daily – reapplying throughout the day when needed. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF 15 every day – even on cloudy days! Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds and inclement weather. If you plan on being in the sun for most of the day, it is recommended to use an SPF of at least 30 or higher.
Helps Maintain an Even Skin Tone
The sun’s rays are also to blame for the production of dark spots, also known as sun spots. These develop when melanin is clustered together in high concentrations. Although most dark spots are considered harmless, it is still highly recommended to have them regularly checked by a licensed professional to ensure they do not develop into melanoma. Wearing a daily SPF is one of the most effective and affordable ways to help prevent this. According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, 90% of melanomas are thought to be caused by overexposure to UV light, from both natural and artificial sources.
Climate Change Increases UV Exposure
The Ozone Layer is known for its ability to absorb the sun’s harmful UVB and UVC rays. However, due to an increase in greenhouse gasses the ozone layer has been rapidly diminishing. This has led to holes in the earth’s atmosphere, known as “Ozone Holes.” Unfortunately as a result – both UVB and UVC exposure have increased within the last 3 decades.
UVC rays are the highest energy portion on the UV radiation spectrum. Aside from sunlight, these rays are typically seen in artificial sources such as tanning beds and mercury vapor lighting that is often found in large stadiums/buildings. It can also be emitted from some halogen, fluorescent, and incandescent lights found in most homes and offices. Yikes!
ALL Skin Types are Prone to Sun Damage
UV rays do not discriminate! Regardless of your skin type, UV radiation from both sunlight and artificial sources can cause damage to your skin and overall health. Even if your skin does not tend to burn easily, you are still at risk! SPF also works to protect essential proteins in your skin, such as keratin. Keratin supports the appearance of smooth and supple skin. When this is protected skin is less prone to tearing and degrading.
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