“Always wear sunscreen!”—you’ve heard it said many times from your mom, girlfriends, or dermatologist. There’s a reason why and it’s not just to prevent skin darkening. Skipping on sunscreen has serious repercussions that not a lot of people consider. We hate to break it to you, but ultraviolet rays can be damaging to the skin all year round and not just during the summer or high noon. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate the skin even when the skies are cloudy. Wearing sunscreen will be your skin’s armor against these harmful UV rays. If you need more convincing, we’re here to fill you in on why you should never walk out of the house without sunscreen.
1. It lowers the risk of skin cancer.
Sun exposure, whether from being outdoors or from lounging by a window, causes UV rays to insidiously penetrate your skin. These harmful UV rays is one of the causes of skin cancer. This reason alone should urge you to take sun protection seriously.
iamClaire. Recommends: Shield your skin from sun damage with Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF 35 whether you’re indoors or out in the sun.
2. It protects skin from premature aging.
We don’t want to scare you, but though you may not see the effects of skipping sunscreen now, you will as you age. Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging. Korean and Chinese women take this to heart, which is why you never see them under the sun without their sun visors or umbrellas. The sun damages the collagen in the skin which in turn causes an increase in wrinkles and loss of elasticity (a.k.a. sagging skin)—yikes.
iamClaire. Recommends: You don’t need to wear long-sleeved tops to protect your skin from the sun. We recommend Beauté Lab Forever Young Sunscreen with Placenta SPF 45 so you can walk under the sun without having to cover up.
3. It prevents dark spots.
One of the effects of skin damage from sun exposure is hyperpigmentation, a skin condition where brown spots appear on the face. Wearing a sunscreen will help ward off those unwanted spots and prevent any existing ones from further darkening.
iamClaire. Recommends: Wearing a sunscreen like Opulence Ultra White Protect Matte Face Cream with SPF30 daily will help prevent hyperpigmentation and mattify your skin.
4. It prevents sunburns.
Surfer chicks and beach bums always sport gorgeous sun-kissed tans, but the pain, redness and peeling that comes with a sunburn is a different story. Wearing sunscreen before heavy sun exposure is important to ensure that your skin won’t burn as easily. Just remember to reapply every two hours since sunscreens can wear off in water.
iamClaire. Recommends: The Active White Max Triple Whitening Lotion SPF 30 / PA +++ has UVA/UVB protection so you can be under the sun for hours without the fear of sunburn.
5. It protects skin from photosensitivity caused by Vitamin C.
If you have a Vitamin C in your skincare routine, good for you! Vitamin C is a powerhouse skincare ingredient that helps correct sun damage and provides plenty of other benefits for your skin, but did you know that it can cause photosensitivity? This means that your skin is more likely to burn up if you don’t wear sun protection. A sunscreen paired with a Vitamin C product is the best combination for bright and youthful skin.
iamClaire. Recommends: Use your favorite Vitamin C product with a sunscreen like Diana Stalder’s Sunscreen Cream SPF35 to ensure that you maximize its brightening benefits.
What’s your favorite sunscreen? Share it with us in the comments!