We all know that we need to put sunscreen on in the summer to prevent those horrible burns. But do you know why it is important? Or why we should actually be wearing sunscreen throughout all seasons?
The damage that leads to adult skin starts in childhood. Most people receive 80% of their sun exposure during the first 18 years of their life.
When skin is exposed to UV rays, MMPs are stimulated. These are enzymes within our skin that break down it’s structural components. Structural components such as collagen elastin and hyaluronic acid Play a crucial role in keeping our skin looking youthful and even textured - so SPF is your #1 anti-aging must have.
Here are some do’s in order to keep your skin cells healthy:
1. Slap on sunscreen all year round.
This is the most important factor in protecting your skin from sun exposure.
Your SPF should be minimum 30
UVA & UVB protection
Apply 20 minutes before exposure
Reapply every 2 hours
2. Seek shade.
Seek shade during 11am-3pm as that is when the sun is at its brightest. Make sure you are stepping out of the sun when you start to feel a burn.
3. Wear protective clothing.
It is important to wear sunglasses, hats and clothing to protect your skin. The more coverage the better.
Here are some don'ts:
1. Tanning beds.
Tanning beds is a big no. They’re dangerous. Embrace the color of skin you have. Or, if you really can’t handle being pale, use sunless tanners or get a spray tan.
2. No sunscreen on cloudy days.
Do not be fooled by a cloudy day. Sun's UV rays can still penetrate through fog and clouds. UVA (aging rays) even come through our windshield!
3. Ignoring changing spots.
It is important to check your skin for changing spots regularly. Do not ignore changing spots for moles, consult a professional.