Here in the Pacific Northwest, we hurry to put on our shorts and tank tops as soon as the temperature hits 70 degrees. After months of rain, we’re ready for some sunshine. Hopefully, we’re also remembering to put on sunscreen before heading out to catch some rays. But did you know that it’s incredibly important to wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather?
At Xenana Spa (formerly Zenana), we preach the importance of using daily sunscreen to our clients. Your skin is your biggest organ and deserves all the love and protection you can give it. Our estheticians can help you choose the right sunscreen for your needs. And if your skin is ready for some TLC, it’s probably time to book an appointment for your next facial.
Do I Really Need To Wear Sunscreen Every Day? Yes!
As your body’s first line of defense against germs, weather, and more, your skin takes a lot of wear and tear. Sunscreen is crucial to keep your skin functioning and looking its best for years to come. It’s one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Here are four reasons you should wear sunscreen each day for maximum benefit.
1. Prevent Skin Cancer
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays do significant damage to your skin with daily exposure. Ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays both cause harm throughout your skin’s layers, so be sure to choose a sunscreen that protects against the full spectrum.
The radiation from UV rays can cause burns, damage the skin’s DNA, and lead to skin cancer, the most common form of cancer. Estimates indicate that about one in every five people will develop skin cancer.
Using sunscreen every day helps protect your skin against this onslaught of damage. You can take this simple step each day to avoid being one of the statistics.
2. Protect Against Premature Aging
When the sun’s UV rays hit your skin, they trigger the creation of free radicals that break down the skin’s elasticity, leading to wrinkles. Wearing sufficient sunscreen each day helps prevent this damage and keep your skin feeling its best.
And although facial wrinkles tend to get a lot of attention when it comes to prevention, don’t forget about the rest of your body. Your hands, arms, chest, and all other exposed areas need sunscreen every day, as well.
3. UV Rays Do Damage on Cloudy Days
For years, dermatologists and estheticians have been trying to get the word out: cloudy days still require sunscreen! Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean the UV rays aren’t doing damage.
Ultraviolet rays are invisible to humans, but they are here nonetheless. You need to protect yourself with sunscreen on cloudy days since about 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds. And remember that sun damage is cumulative. Daily exposure adds up to a lot of problems over the years.
4. Stop Discoloration
In addition to wrinkles, sun damage can also lead to discoloration of the skin. Brown spots, redness, uneven skin tones, and rosacea are common with sun exposure. If you’re inside on your computer most of the day, you’re not off the hook when it comes to sunscreen. The blue light from screens can contribute to this discoloration, too. So, even homebodies need to wear sunscreen every day!
Choose the Right Sunscreen
There are many fantastic sunscreen products on the market today. But with so many options, it can be tricky to know which one is right for you.
At Xenana Spa, our estheticians have a few favorites:
- Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40: This sunscreen has the highest SPF of the products we carry, and it’s great for correcting any hyperpigmentation spots.
- Osmosis Protect: This reef-safe option is eco-friendly, and the zinc is naturally anti-inflammatory. We love how the Osmosis brand is easy to apply and doesn’t leave you with a whiteish cast.
- Rōsilliance® Tinted Moisturizer Organic Sunscreen SPF 30: We LOVE this one because it’s light, easy to apply, slightly tinted, and has some lovely beneficial ingredients.
Our estheticians will help you pick the right product for your skin and can prepare samples for you to try before you buy. Book your next appointment today to get the pampering and care your skin deserves.