We all long for those sunny, summer days. We spend the dreary winter months daydreaming about June and July where we can finally ditch the boots and scarves in favor of flip flops and bikinis. Now the moment is finally here and we are all making our way outdoors to soak up the sun!
Now, of course, we know that beautiful sun-kissed skin is synonymous with summer— after all, what goes better with summer dresses? But remember, sun-kissed and protected = good, sunburned and sun-damaged = bad. Really bad.
Oftentimes we overlook the damage that those intense UV rays can do to our skin, which is why it’s important that this summer (and every season), we practice responsible skincare by loading up on the sunscreen. Sunscreen isn’t just for those fun days at the beach. It should be used every day. Your skin still needs protection during those outdoor workouts, patio happy hours, and days of running errands.
To anyone that questions - “Is it really that serious? Is sunscreen really that important?” The answer is a resounding yes. Sparing a couple minutes to put on sunscreen can save you a whole heap of sun damage and provide your skin with lots of long-lasting benefits.
Besides the obvious perk of decreasing the risk of developing skin cancer, sunscreen also plays an important role in protecting your skin’s appearance. With a thinning ozone layer, the sun’s UV rays have been reaching Earth’s surface with greater intensity. Sunscreen helps shield our skin from the UV rays’ harmful effects which include causing premature skin aging, as well as those painful sunburns.
Additionally, sunscreen works to keep your skin healthy, as it protects the skin’s essential proteins such as collagen, keratin and elastin, which are responsible for keeping your skin smooth, soft and supple. Basically, no one should be skimping on the sunscreen (that includes lovely ladies of color).
So you’re convinced that you need sunscreen, but wondering what type to get? There are chemical and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens that use ingredients like Avobenzone and Oxybenzone absorb the the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens use Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide to create a physical barrier to block sun rays. While physical sunscreen is increasing in popularity, the use of certain chemical sunscreens is being restricted in certain places due to the effects on marine life (hey Hawaii and Australia). Whatever type you choose, make sure that it is broad spectrum, meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
So ladies (and gents), do the responsible, smart thing this summer and every other season - think about your summer skincare and apply your sunscreen. Your skin and your body will thank you!