by Lebogang Mashasha
Out of all the cosmetic products consumers use, sunscreen is one of the most underrated. The only time most of us think of using it is when we’re going to the beach or spending time by the pool. Our skin needs constant protection from the sun’s UV rays to avoid ageing quickly and getting skin diseases. This article simplifies and explains why sunscreen is important and should be incorporated into daily skincare routines.
What is sunscreen?
Sunscreen is a product that has various ingredients in it which assist in preventing skin damage from the sun. The Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to the skin and need to be protected against. Sunscreen serves as a barrier of the sun’s radiation from reaching the skin.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) refers to the sunscreen’s ability to protect against the sun’s UV rays. It is a measurement of this ability, the higher the number, the more effective the protection is. It varies from SPF 30,50 and even higher.
Reasons to wear sunscreen regularly
- Skin protection: due to the depletion of the ozone layer people are more exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen works as a barrier between the sun and your skin to protect it and reduces the chances of sunburn.
- Lowers risk of getting skin cancer: the daily application of sunscreen reduces the risks of contracting skin cancer and other skin related diseases. Approximately 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, making sun damage just as severe on cloudy days as on sunny days.
- Prevention of premature skin ageing: sun damage causes the skin to age quicker, resulting in discolouration, wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Sunscreens assists in the maintenance of even skin tone and the reduction of dark spots.
As with many products on the market, it is important for you to do research on the specific sunscreen you want to buy in order to ensure that you understand what you’re buying. Instructions are on the packaging to facilitate the easy usage of the product.
Sunscreen is not just a cosmetic product, it is equally a preventative health measure. The importance of taking care of your skin cannot be emphasized enough because skin is the biggest organ of the body and needs to be taken care of accordingly. The best cure for anything is prevention of it from the onset.