Did you know that sun damage is the number one cause of skin aging, liver spots, skin blotchiness, and skin cancer? It’s always alarming when clients state that they do not use sunscreen on a daily/consistent basis. There are many rumors out there and we want to dispel them.
Fiction: “I don’t need to wear sunscreen; I don’t get that much sun.”
Fact: Most of the sun damage that our skin experiences is from ambient sun exposure such as driving in the car, and sitting by the window at work or at a restaurant. During these instances, the skin is exposed to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. The cumulative exposure to sun causes damage in the long run. Every time you expose your skin to the sun unprotected, damage is accumulating that will manifest as sagging skin, wrinkles, liver spots, and skin cancer.
Fiction: “I don’t wear sunscreen everyday, but my makeup has an SPF.”
Fact: The amount of protection of the SPF can vary with the amount of makeup applied. No matter the amount of SPF in the foundation/concealer, be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen under it all.
Fiction: “I hate wearing a sunscreen on top of my moisturizer. It feels so heavy!”
Fact: There are various formulations of sunscreens that offer the protection without the “heavy” feeling such as matte or sheer. The appropriate type is based on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, then a matte or sheer sunscreen is recommended.
Fiction: “I have a lot of melanin in my skin. I don’t need sunscreen.”
Fact: While it is true that darker skin is less likely to burn/tan from sun exposure, this does not mean that the skin is not being damaged. Continuous exposure to UV rays causes lasting damage to the skin structures, elastin and collagen fibers, and pigment. This can damage the cellular DNA, which can result in skin cancers, including malignant melanoma. This can occur regardless of ethnicity or skin tone.
- Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 every day even when it is cloudy outside – even on a cloudy day, 80% of the sun’s UV rays pass through the clouds.
- Be sure to reapply when you are outdoors for longer than two consecutive hours.
- Avoid shiny lip glosses and high-shine lipsticks as they can increase the chances of sun damage by directing rays to the lips.
- Avoid tanning beds, instead opt for spray tanning.
Stop by our studio to pick up the SkinScript Sheer Protection SPF 30 for only $24. If you’re not in the area, don’t worry we ship!