7 Reasons You Should Wear Sunscreen on the Reg
You love summer. We love summer. Everyone loves summer. However, in an effort to get a ‘summer glow,’ many people overexpose their skin to the sun. This mistake isn’t only made during the summertime. You may not know it, but you should be wearing sunscreen every single day, regardless of climate, season, or even if you plan to be indoors all day. Dr. Obagi explains why down below.
1. It protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper layers of the skin and lead to premature aging. UVB rays can burn the top layers of skin. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher helps to reduce the harmful effects UV rays have on the skin.
2. It decreases the likelihood of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US1-2, with melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, rates doubling from 1982 to 2011. In females 15-29, melanoma is the second most common form of cancer3
3. It fights the visible signs of aging. UVA rays degrade elastin and collagen, causing visible aging to the skin (fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and uneven pigmentation – no, thank you!)
4. It prevents short term skin damage, like painful sunburns, blistering, and peeling.
5. UV rays are at work year round - winter, spring, summer, or fall, rain or shine.
6. It isn’t only the sun causing UV damage to the skin. Fluorescent light emits damaging UVA rays, which wreak havoc on the skin.
7. UV damage is cumulative. That’s right, every exposure to UV rays can contribute to damage.
Tip: Mineral (or physical) sunscreens, those containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, are a more favorable option for daily protection when compared to chemical based sunscreens. This is because mineral sunscreens provide a physical barrier, reflecting harmful UV rays, and they don’t break down in the sun. Therefore, mineral protection is longer lasting and you avoid potential hormone disruptors associated with chemical sunscreens.
Carry your healthy sunscreen habits with you throughout the year to avoid burns and keep your skin healthy and youthful – your skin will thank you!
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1. Guy GP, Thomas CC, Thompson T, Watson M, Massetti GM, Richardson LC. Vital signs: Melanoma incidence and mortality trends and projections—United States, 1982–2030. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(21):591-596.
2. Guy GP, Machlin S, Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR. Prevalence and costs of skin cancer treatment in the US, 2002–2006 and 2007–2011. Am J Prev Med. 2015;48:183–7.
3. NAACCR Fast Stats: An interactive quick tool for quick access to key NAACCR cancer statistics. North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. http://www.naaccr.org/. (Accessed on 3-10-2016).