Excess sun exposure is one of the main culprits of premature aging, so if you want to slow the aging process, you’re going to have to take precautions in the sunshine. That means wearing a broadband sunscreen whenever you go outdoors. Everyone knows the benefits of protecting the skin from the sun, but do you really need to wear sunscreen every day.
The sun and your skin
Doctors agree that exposure to the UVA and UVB rays of the sun is the single biggest contributor to the aging of the skin. That’s because the UV rays of the sun can alter the DNA of the skin, and damage the collagen and elastin support structures in the deep layers. It is this breakdown that causes premature aging and in severe cases leads to skin cancer.
Do you really need to wear sunscreen every day?
Yes you do, because sunscreen is the ultimate protection against sun damage, much of which is irreversible. While many people believe that the sun is only a factor during the summer months, the reality is that the UV rays can penetrate the skin even in the winter months. So sunscreen should be worn year round, regardless of the season.
It’s worth noting that all sunscreens are not the same, so it’s important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 50, which has physical UV filters. Research has shown that these sunscreens block up to 98% of the sun’s UVB rays, which are the rays linked to cancer.
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