A woman looking in the mirror while applying sunscreen to her face.

The Importance of Wearing Sunscreen Daily

Everyone knows that sunscreen is important to wear when you’re going to be at the beach or by the pool, but did you know that you should be wearing sunscreen every single day no matter what the weather is like? Whether you decide to go outside and take a walk or you are doing work on a computer – sunscreen is a must. Make a change in your daily skincare routine to apply sunscreen. This one step can provide not only effective protection from harmful ultraviolet rays, but it can also help improve your skin’s overall appearance.

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Skincare routines are important and even if you think you may have yours dialed in, if sunscreen isn’t a part of your routine you might want to reconsider. Along with the obvious benefit of protecting your skin from sunburn, there are many other benefits to wearing sunscreen.

Sunscreen Reduces Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Believe it or not, even when it’s a cloudy day using sunscreen is essential. There’s still potential for you to experience the harmful effects of UV rays with just short periods of time outside. An excessive exposure to UV rays is what can eventually lead to the most common cancer in the United States – skin cancer. You can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by using an SPF of at least 30 every day and reapplying throughout the day, during and after swimming, or after vigorous exercise. If you spend most of the day outside or getting in and out of the pool, it’s important to reapply sunscreen every two hours. By doing this, you’ll protect your skin from those harmful UV rays.

Sunscreen Can Prevent Signs of Aging

In the summer, we all enjoy relaxing by a nice pool and soaking up the sun. However, repeated sun exposure without sunscreen protection can do serious damage to your skin. That’s because your skin is made up of elastin, collagen, and skin cells that all can be altered by sun exposure. Over time, this can lead to signs of aging including discoloration, wrinkles, and fine lines. It’s important for anyone in their 20s and 30s to start wearing sunscreen daily to prevent this premature skin aging from occurring. And mamas! Start your babies out with great sunscreen habits. You can use hats, kid-sized sunglasses, UPF treated sun-protective clothing, and repeated shady rest periods to protect your sweet baby’s delicate skin.

Using Sunscreen Can Diminish Inflammation and Redness

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced a sunburn and they can be painful to deal with. When your skin is exposed to UV rays without any protection, it can cause painful inflammation and redness. If you have sensitive skin, you can be more prone to sunburn and skin inflammation after even just a small amount of sun exposure. That’s why it’s important to always protect your skin with sunscreen to prevent sunburn from happening. Make it a part of your morning routine to truly get in the habit!

Choosing the Right Sunscreen For Your Skin

Sunscreen is sunscreen, right? Well, that’s only kind of true. There are many different types of sunscreen products out there to choose from. You might be overwhelmed trying to find the best fit for your skin but it doesn’t have to be difficult. A few tips to keep in mind when choosing your next sunscreen include:
  • Choose one with a minimum of SPF 30 to protect your skin
  • Look for “Broad Spectrum” coverage to protect against UVA and UVB radiation
  • Avoid harsh formulas that contain chemicals
  • Get in the habit of reapplying and make sunscreen your BFF
Now that you know more about sunscreen and why it’s important, we hope that you begin incorporating it into your everyday routine, even on cloudy days! Learn more about Hope’s skin care tips by subscribing to her YouTube channel.