We all love the wind in our hair and sun in our face, but what if I told you those warm rays are actually causing more damage than good to your skin?
Ultraviolet rays from the sun impact the deepest layer of skin, which is the dermis. Because the damage occurs from such a deep layer, Yale Medicine said the damage could take years to appear. This is why it’s essential to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
What’s the damage?
There are two different types of rays that damage the skin—UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for aging, and can affect you even while inside, as rays can travel through glass. UVB rays can be blocked by glass, but are primarily responsible for sunburns. Both rays can cause damage and skin cancer.
Eminence Organic Skin Care said 90% of aging signs are associated with sun damage. But the sun doesn’t just damage your skin, but these harmful UV rays also cause DNA damage. This can lead to photoaging.
Sunscreen is part of the answer
CNN reported a study done in Australia following participants for four years, with one group instructed to use sunscreen properly, and the other group with no direction at all. Those who wore sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show signs of aging.
Though a healthy diet, avoiding pollutants such as smoking, and other natural factors play a role in accelerated aging, wearing sunscreen is also a huge preventative from aging that occurs from sun damage.
There is a reason dermatologists preach about wearing sunscreen. It works. Yale Medicine recommends wearing SPF 30 or higher and reapplying every 2 hours if exercising or swimming.
So, if you’re looking for a product to incorporate into your skin care regimen, sunscreen would not only moisturize your skin but also protect it from premature aging.