If Femme Moderne’s Master Estheticians could scream one piece of advice from the rooftops, it would be “Don’t forget your sunscreen!” It is the most commonly overlooked part of skincare regimens, but there are many reasons why you should be wearing sunscreen regularly.
Protect Your Skin from UV Rays
The most obvious reason to wear sunscreen is to protect your skin from the UV rays it’s exposed to while in the sun. UV radiation is natural, but the effects of this radiation can be quite harmful. Exposure to UV radiation can put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. This risk is only increased with more and more exposure to these UV rays. If you are exposed enough to receive a sunburn then your risk is further increased. Even one sunburn can substantially increase your lifetime skin cancer risk! You should be wearing sunscreen to fight these UV rays and protect your skin from potential risks in the future. Remember, there is no such thing as a “base tan”!
Avoid Premature Signs of Aging
Your skin’s barrier functions can become damaged through unprotected sun exposure, leading to early signs of aging. Sunlight can compromise the elastins, collagen, and other vital elements that make up the structure of your skin. As these elements break down, you might experience discoloration, wrinkles, sun spots, fine lines, a leathery appearance, and more. Sunscreen is the first line of defense when it comes to stopping premature skin aging.
Maintain Healthier Skin
You want to take extra care of your skin all year round. When temperatures or other weather elements are extreme, your skin can become more dry, irritated, and prone to acne, heat rash, and rosacea breakouts. Wearing sunscreen plays a vital role in protecting your skin from all these effects. Sunscreen protects your skin’s outer barrier layers and it makes it easier for your skin to retain moisture. With sunscreen, you simply keep your skin looking and feeling healthier. It doesn’t take a whole lot of extra effort to apply sunscreen each day. Proper skin care involves cleansing, corrective serums, moisturizer, and then sunscreen should be applied as a final step before any foundation or makeup is applied. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by SPF protection in makeup! You’d have to apply up to 20 times the amount of normal foundation to get the SPF benefit on the label, so make sure to apply a dedicated sunscreen before makeup!
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