I don't know about you but when I was younger I was a slight sun worshiper, baking in the sun all-day-long on my summer hols and occasionally using sunbeds. Nowadays I am a lot more conscious about the dangers the sun can cause on my skin. I apply sunscreen to my face everyday and on a nice sunny day, to my body as well.
The two main things to look out for when purchasing a sun protection are;
- Broad spectrum. This means it protects your skin against both UVA (the rays which age us) and UVB (the rays which burn us) rays.
- SPF. Aim for SPF 30 or above as this will provide a higher level of protection.
So why is it so important to protect our skin from the sun's rays
- Ageing. Sun exposure is a major factor for aging skin. Wrinkles, dryness, age-spots/liver spots and discolouration.
- Skin cancer. It is a well-known fact that the sun is a huge cause for skin cancer.
- Burning- We have all been there at some point in our lives, attempting to achieve a nice tan and instead looking lobster-red. Each time you burn your skin this will cause terrible damage.
Even though your skin looks good now a lot of the above problems only become apparent in 20+ years time. All of these are easily preventable so please remember to apply your sunscreen daily, even if it doesn't look sunny outside.
Are you as religious as me with your sun protection?