Why sunscreen is a crucial step of skincare?

Hello there! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Today I would love to share with you a few things that might help you choose the right sunscreen for you, ad improve the overall health and happiness of your skin. So, let’s begin!


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DON’T WEAR SPF?

  • Exposure to UV light accounts for around 90% of all symptoms of skin injury.
  • When the skin is exposed to excessive sunlight, certain chemicals are released that actively suppress these cells, weakening the overall immune response.
  • Sun can damage the retina of our eyes. UV light is also a factor in the development of cataracts.
  • UV radiation is also one of the major creators of free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules) that break collagen.
  • When UV light enters skin cells, it can harm the genetic material (called DNA) within. DNA damage can cause changes to cells that make them rapidly grow and divide. This growth can lead to clumps of extra cells called a tumor, or lesion. 

UV RADIATION CATEGORIES:

  1. UVA: MAJOR contributor to skin damage. It penetrates deeper into the skin.UVA rays damage your skin before it even turns red or burn, which is why you have to reapply sunscreen several times throughout the day. 
  2. UVB: attacks epidermis and is the primary cause of sunburn.
  3. UVC: is almost completely absorbed by ozone layer.

As a result:
Freckles – age spots – white spots on legs&hands – skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma. 
As you get older, it becomes harder for skin to repair itself. Over time, UV damage can take a toll on your skin and its underlying connective tissue. That being said, your skin may develop more wrinkles and lines.

SUNSCREEN MATTERS!

There are two main types of active sunscreen ingredients: chemical and physical.

  • Chemical ingredients such as avobenzone and benzophenone, work by absorbing UV, reducing its penetration into the skin.
  • Physical ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stay on top of the skin and deflect UV rays.
    P.S. Many sunscreens available today combine chemical and physical ingredients.

When you try to decide what sunscreen to purchase, always remember that:
SPF 30: can filter out 97% of the sun’s UV rays
SPF 50: can filter out 98% of the sun’s UV rays

GENERAL RULE FOR HAPPY HEALTHY SKIN:

  • Sunscreen must be applied 20 minutes before going out in the sun and it must be reapplied throughout the day.
  • Sunscreen is the last, and one of the key steps of skincare routine and it must be used every day.
  • Apply lip balm or lipstick with an SPF of at least 30 to yout lips.
  • Always check sunscreen’s expiration date.
  • Make sure the sunscreen you apply on your face& neck is noncomedogenic.
  • Even if your make up has SPF, it’s still important to apply sunscreen prior to makeup applicatin.
  • Don’t forget apply a serum or moisturizer with antioxidants prior to suncreen.

HERE ARE TWO SUNSCREENS I SWEAR BY:
1. For face, neck and decollette I use this Sunscree. (It is also perfect for outdoor workout + as a makeup primer).
2. For days on the beach, pool and working out this sunscreen does great job!

XX,
Gena.

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