Sunscreen, suncream, sunfilter, uv-protector—they have many names, but should be called daylight protection because it is all about light, not just sunlight.
Confusion about sun protection is not the main disadvantage of sunlight! Far from it!
UV rays from the sun are in fact one of the greatest enemies of the skin!
The sun causes wrinkles (fine lines, but particularly deep wrinkles).
The sun causes pigmentation seen as dark or light discoloration (and no, it's not something that just comes with age).
The sun breaks down the skin's immune system (reduces the skin's natural healing, allowing the formation of pimples, for example).
The sun is the major source of damaged collagen (which otherwise keeps the skin young and supple).
In addition to the beauty disadvantages of the sun, the sun is also the major cause of skin cancer (many young girls get skin cancer because of sunbathing).
As long as your daily skin care includes UV protection with a minimum of SPF 15 (maximum of SPF 30), you will be able to keep e skin damage to a minimum and have youthful-looking skin well into the future.
But the sun is not all bad, as you know.
The sun is a great source of light, heat, and vitamin D, and most people love the sun's warming rays, also called UV rays.
So don’t hide from the sun. Get out in the sun and enjoy its warmth on your body.
Just remember to protect yourself!
The biggest mistake made regarding protection from the sun is doing nothing! Once the damage is done it is much harder to rectify!
The sun emits two kinds of UV rays that are damaging to the skin: UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays are the longest, which means they are getting deepest into the skin and cause the greatest damage (wrinkling, skin cancer, etc.).
UVA rays are so strong that they can cause damage on a gray, rainy day and even through glass. Therefore, it is important to have protection 365 days a year!
UVB rays are harmful only when the sun is out, which is when they can make the skin red and burned.
Think of sunscreen as clothing. You never go out without your clothes on, right?
Use sunscreen on the parts of the body that are not protected by clothing. This means that most of the time you are well-protected with just a face cream.
In summer, when you have shorts and a short-sleeved t-shirt on, you should also use sunscreen on your arms and legs. On the beach and when you are in a swimsuit, you should use sunscreen on any skin exposed to the sun.
Super simple, right?
Sunscreen is not at all difficult. It's just about doing it! And once you get used to it, it becomes a habit.
Sunscreen products can, unfortunately, be confusing. There are many different names: sunscreen, suncream, sunprotection, UV-protector, SPF, and so on, in addition to the many and varying instructions for use.
You need to know only three things about sun protection:
SPF 15 will protect against 95% of the sun's harmful UVB rays and SPF 30 protects against 97%. Higher than 97% protection is not possible, no matter how high the SPF factor you use.
SPF is also an indication of how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned. This is of course different from person to person, but generally SPF 15 corresponds to about 7 hours in the sun.
SPF (or sun protection factor) doesn’t tell you much about the protection against the sun's UVB rays. Only UVA rays give you skin cancer, do the most damage, and are there all year round. Please be sure that your sunscreen contains both UVA + UVB protection (see the packaging or ask your dealer).
Remember sunscreen! Do not make the same mistake that many people do by forgetting to use sunscreen.
Sun protection is important. Sunscreen is the best known method to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
Remember your sunscreen 365 days a year! Not just on vacation. The sun's harmful rays are constant - even on an overcast day.