As we start to come into the warmer months, you believe it's time to start wearing sunscreen? Right? Wrong. You should be including SPF as your morning skincare routine all year round. It's important to wear sunscreen everyday, regardless of skin colour or tone.
Sunscreen was first produced for commercial use in 1936, and it has been improved upon ever since. Todays sunscreen are usually water resistant, long wearing and are included in many cosmetics and beauty products, such as primers, foundations, serums, and creams.
Why You Should Always Wear Sunscreen, Even on Cloudy Days
Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, so if you assume it’s OK to forget about sunscreen protection on these days, think again. Sunscreen is an important health habit that should be maintained all year, including the winter months.
Four reasons to implement sunscreen daily
1. It Protects Your Skin from UV Rays: The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen can block these rays, greatly reducing the chance of sunburn. When looking for an ideal sunscreen, always look for at least SPF 30.
2. It can lower your skin cancer risk: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. By applying sunscreen each day, you cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half.
3 It can prevents premature aging of the Skin: Sun damage from UV rays causes photo-aging of the skin, which is characterized by a thick, leathery look; discoloration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of aging than those who don’t.
4. It Helps Maintain an Even Skin Tone: Sunscreen can help prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.
5. SPF in your cosmetics is enough, it is NOT! The beauty industry does not stress enough the importance of wearing sunscreen daily. Most people think that sunscreen which is included in makeup products like the foundation or powder is enough for protection. Research has found that the ratio of SPF in a cosmetic product compared to a direct sunscreen product has a much lower concentrated percentage. This means that in order to have the same amount of protection, we would have to use three to four times the amount of a cosmetic product as opposed to a sheer coverage of a high SPF sunscreen.
So before we go spend all our money on skincare, make sure we are covering the basics first. A few sunscreens we are loving at the moment;
Ultra Violette Supreme Sunscreen SPF 50+ This one is a cult favourite at the moment, its sheer coverage is loved by many. Sunscreens can often have a thick texture and therefore many are hesitant to use it on the skin, but not this one. Ultra Violette has a light texture, suitable for most textures.
Avene Sunscreen Emulsion SPF50+ Perfect for sensitive skin. This gentle sunscreen is rich in Avene thermal spring water, ensuring the skin maintains hydration as well as protection.
Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50 Our personal favourite! This lightweight moisturiser leaves skin with a matte finish. This product also leaves no chalky look or white cast to the skin.