What Does Sunscreen Do For My Skin?

BY TEANNA LU

If your bottle of sunscreen is hidden in the back of your cabinet reserved for beach days, take it out. You are hiding a secret weapon because sunscreen can do wonders for your skin. You have probably heard this statement all your life, “make sure you wear sunscreen”. Growing up, we probably do it because our parents told us to but now that we are adults, we do it because we need to. If you are reading this, you probably want to know the benefits of sunscreen and I have some information to share.

Sun Protection

One of the main reasons we apply sunscreen is to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can pass through glass, meaning your skin is exposed even when you are indoors. UVB rays are commonly associated with sunburns. We may enjoy the sunshine and being outdoors but the sun is not your friend. Even if you don’t burn easily, it is still important to wear sunblock. It reduces the risk of developing cancer amongst many other things. In addition to wearing sunglasses and hats to shade your body, sunscreen is something that you need to apply every day.

Fights Premature Aging

Frequent application of sunscreen can shield your skin from developing signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. The number one cause of aging in the face is due to ultraviolet exposure. Protecting your face from that keeps you looking young. In addition to reducing the signs of aging, it prevents dark spots and skin discoloration from appearing on the skin. Even if you don’t have any apparent on your skin now, it is always better to stop it from happening than to resolve it later.

Reduces Skin Concerns

Many of you may be battling other skin concerns. It could be acne, dark spots, or anything related to grooming. If you are applying harsh chemicals on your skin to target other skin issues, not wearing sunscreen can further damage your skin. It is extremely important to shield your face and protect it from the sun every day and not only when you are laying on the beach. If you want to learn more about skincare tips, take a look at our other grooming editorials.