Whether or not you are big into skincare, you should definitely be using sunscreen in your daily routine every single day of the year. Repeated sun exposure can cause premature signs of aging, skin damage, hurt the immune system, and even lead to skin cancer. Even if you avoid the worst effects, your skin will look worse over time, negating the benefits of any skincare routine. The sooner you start using daily SPF, the more your skin will be protected, it will be healthier, and you will have fewer signs of premature aging such as skin discoloration, rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
Apply Spf 30 – 50 over the face, neck, and chest every day for protection from harmful UV rays. If you are spending time outside, protect all exposed areas of your body, and reapply SPF every 1-2 hours. Wear protective clothing as well; a brimmed hat with at least a 2” brim all the way around instead of a baseball hat. Sunglasses with UV protection lenses help protect your eyes and the thin skin around the eyes. Sun shirts protect the chest, back and arms if during swimming and water sports.
There are a variety of sun protection products that are great for specific skin types and it is best to find one that you like so you will wear every day. Even if you plan on being outside for a few minutes, don’t forget to put on good sunscreen. Your skin will love you for it!