Using sunscreen is a preventive habit that we should maintain throughout the year, and not just in the summer months. People tend to believe that, for example, sun protection is not necessary on cloudy days because “you can’t see the sun”, but the truth is that up to 80% of the rays can pass through the clouds , even in the months of winter. In addition, during the cold season it is also important to note that snow can reflect up to 85% of ultraviolet (UV) rays, which increases the risk of exposure to sun damage. And, the higher the altitude, the greater the exposure to UVA rays, which is why sun protection is also crucial for family ski vacations.
But, obviously, spring and especially summer are the crucial months in which both you and your family should use sunscreen on a daily basis , and not just when you go to the beach. And although you are well covered with clothes. You know… When in doubt: Always wear sunscreen! Here are a number of reasons why your skin needs it (and will appreciate it).
5 reasons why we should always use sunscreen
Protect your skin from UVA rays
The gradual weakening that the ozone layer has been suffering in recent times due to pollution has considerably increased the risk of sun damage due to the effects of harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn. Always look for products with a minimum SPF or sun protection factor 15 (although some doctors recommend nothing below 30) and use them every day.
Reduces the risk of skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Western countries, according to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to this institution, around 71,943 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in 2013 in the United States alone, and 9,394 of these cases ended in death. By applying sunscreen every day, you cut your risk of skin cancers in half.
Prevents premature aging of the skin
Sun damage caused by UV rays causes photoaging of the skin , which is characterized by a thick, scratchy and discolored appearance; and a collagen breakdown, which helps to mark fine lines, sagging and wrinkles . Studies show that those under 55 who use sunscreen regularly are 24% less likely to develop these signs of aging than those who do not.
Helps maintain an even skin tone
Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots caused by sun damage , helping to maintain a healthier, more even skin tone. And don’t be fooled by appearances: skin has memory. You may have burned a couple of days ago and your skin may have been apparently unmarked, but after a few years ugly spots will appear. Be careful.
If you are a redhead, you always need sun protection
In 2013 researchers discovered the mutation in the MC1R gene that creates red hair and fair skin. This mutation also creates a cancer-causing pathway that, when exposed to UV radiation, promotes a genetic propensity for cancer .