When it comes to protecting your skin against sun damage, the best offense is defense. Wearing sunscreen containing SPF 15 or higher every day has shown to prevent sun damage, which can result in premature aging. What does premature aging look like? Signs include developing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and rough skin texture. You don’t want to start treating your skin for sun damage once you have already begun to display symptoms. It is easy to take preventative measures by adding sunscreen into your daily skincare routine.
Choosing a sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection which will help block the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause sunburns on the epidermis- the top layer of the skin. Typically, when someone applies sunscreen, he or she looks to block UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause premature aging. This type of sun damage is not immediately apparent, so it is easy to forget to apply sunscreen even if you are not going to be outside. The sun’s rays can penetrate a window, which means you must wear sunscreen even if you don’t spend very much time outdoors.
Protecting Your Skin
Reapplying sunscreen is necessary every two hours when sweating, swimming, or immediately after towel-drying. Be sure to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. It is also a good idea to avoid being outdoors when the sun is at its strongest, usually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, as well as hats and sunglasses are another way to limit your sun exposure.