Summer has arrived, and it’s time to spend warm sunny days outside! But we must not forget how harmful the sun can be to our skin.
Learn how to find the best sunscreen and why it’s the number one anti-aging product!
What’s in Sunscreen
All sunscreens may have a different array of ingredients, but most that you will find on market shelves will always contain the same six ingredients.
Those include the following.
- Titanium Dioxide
- Zinc Oxide
Although you may find all of these in your ordinary sunblock, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the two active ingredients. They are what protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
It’s also essential that you understand the term SPF. It stands for Sun Protection Factor. That factor is what will protect your skin from the sun’s UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the better protection it offers. SPF does not protect from UVA rays. A sunscreen must be broad-spectrum for it to do so.
How Does Sunscreen Prevent Premature Aging
Before we go into how sunscreen prevents aging, we need to understand how the sun ages our skin.
As you may know, overexposure to the sun can lead to premature aging of the skin. Most notably, it can cause unwanted wrinkles and dark spots. The sun does this by emitting its UV rays, also known as Ultra Violet Radiation – this is the primary cause of premature aging.
The UV rays from the sun penetrate deep into your skin and break down your skin’s connective tissue and cells. When this connective tissue (collagen and elastin fibers) breaks down, your skin loses elasticity and reduces the density of the epidermis layer, leaving you prone to wrinkles and skin sagging.
This type of skin damage can lead to skin cancer and has many names, including photoaging and solar damage.
One of the best ways to reduce potential harm to your skin from Ultraviolet Radiation is by applying sunscreen. The active ingredients in sunscreen that we talked about in the first section act as a protective barrier between you and UV rays. These two main ingredients reflect the UV rays and stop them from inflicting immense damage.
We could spend all day digging into the scientific research on how sun exposure affects the skin, but now you have a basic understanding. This information is crucial for people to understand the importance of sunscreen.
How to Choose The Best Sunscreen
Did you know not all sunscreens are created equal? Without knowing what to be on the lookout for, finding the best sunscreen can be difficult. Here are a few ‘must haves’ when purchasing sunscreen!
Includes The Words “Broad Spectrum”
A sunscreen with the broad-spectrum label can protect you from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet b (UVB) rays. Both of those can cause skin cancer.
Has a High SPF
Industry experts always recommend purchasing a sunblock with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher. As we mentioned before, this rating determines how well it can protect the skin from UVB rays.
Is Water Resistant
Now, you may be thinking you can bypass this factor if you don’t plan on swimming, but that is so far from the truth. In the Summer, it’s no secret that we all perspire – the sunscreen you wear has to withstand this. A water-resistant sunscreen will help prevent it from wearing off and losing its valuable protection.
There are products on the market that claim to prevent sunburn, but are not labeled as broad-spectrum and don’t meet specific regulations. It’s essential to be an intelligent consumer and look out for these little details.
Have Guilt-Free Fun in The Sun!
You should be able to have fun in the sun without worrying about how it’s harming your skin. Using a high-quality sunscreen is the best way to do that – it’s the number one anti-aging skincare product!
If you’re looking for the perfect sunscreen, we offer a selection for both the body and face at the WIFH website. You can also visit our Medspa in Atlanta to purchase sunscreen along with many other fantastic skincare products.