As the weather starts heating up, you’ll likely be more and more inclined to sit outside with a drink in hand, or take a day trip up to the beach. That’s all fine, but before you go,
let us stress the importance of sunscreen and protecting your skin!
First, let’s bust some myths about sunscreen, because understanding the truth about sunscreen can help you use it properly!
Many believe that sunscreen is only essential when exposed to the sun, like when you’re on the boat or in the pool. However, ultraviolet rays are harmful to the skin no matter what season or what time of day. Yes, you read correctly: you still have to lather on that stuff in the winter, whether you like it or not!
This myth is pretty common, and suggests that people with more melanin in their skin do not need to use sunscreen. This is because melanin acts to diffuse UVB rays to an extent, however a full spectrum sunscreen should still be used. Just because you have darker skin does not mean you are protected from skin cancer, so keep on reapplying!
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen acts as a protective barrier against UVA and UVB rays, but it does not protect the body completely. Even with reapplication throughout the day, (recommended time is every 2-4 hours, especially after you go in water) you can still get a nice tan while keeping your skin pretty safe from the effects of the sun!
Now that we’ve busted some myths, let’s talk a little bit more about the importance of sunscreen. The sun emits two different types of UV rays, as mentioned above. UVA is associated with aging skin while UVB is associated with sunburns. Because of this, it is important to choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum and able to block both types of UV rays. Not only that, but sunscreen is necessary all year round. Without sunscreen, major skin damage and skin cancer have a greater chance of occurring. Oftentimes it is still important to cover up when you can with a towel or a hat. This can prevent burning, especially if you’re spending a long time in the sun.
Okay, we’ve convinced you. Now, how do you know what kind of sunscreen is best for you? Keep in mind that it is important to invest in good sunscreen for your face as well as one for your body. Face sunscreens are made for your face and neck area, and are oil-free and more gentle. Less breakouts? Sign us up!
Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30 are good for the body, but for the face, we’d like a bit more coverage. The higher the SPF, the more UVB rays that are being blocked! Because each sunscreen differs in SPF, thickness and oil content, each individual may enjoy a different one more than the next. Either way, once you find one you like, don’t ever let it go! Your skin will thank you!
If you aren’t sure what sunscreen you should be using contact us at Skin Studio Toronto, we would be happy to help you.