Did you slather on SPF this morning? Be honest. If you forgot, it’s time to reevaluate your skin care priorities because sunscreen is— without a doubt—the most powerful tool in your beauty arsenal. Sun damage prevention is the easiest and most effective way to maintain your skin’s health and vibrance.
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, here’s the lowdown on why we love sunscreen—and why you should, too!
Sunscreen lowers your risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the country, and its rate continues to increase. You can dramatically lower your risk by applying sunscreen when outdoors for extended periods of time. We recommend applying sunscreen daily as a part of your skin care regimen so your skin is protected every day of the year.
The sun is your skin’s worst nightmare.
UV rays destroy skin cells and break down elastin fibers, resulting in thinner, more fragile skin prone to wrinkles, sagging, and a host of other concerns. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of the accepted signs of aging—from fine lines to age spots—can be attributed to sun damage, not the aging process. This is a statistic to ponder because it means we have a lot more control over our skin than we think!
SPF can improve the appearance of your skin.
A recent study followed daily sunscreen users for a year and discovered that SPF application not only prevented sun damage, but also resulted in visible improvements to skin tone and texture, revealing younger-looking skin.
In addition to daily SPF application, protect yourself with routine examinations, keeping an eye out for the ABCDE Rule—A for Asymmetrical border, B for rough or blurred Border, C for Color that is not uniform, D for a Diameter larger than 6mm, and E for Evolving size, shape, or color. You can also reverse existing sun damage and stimulate new collagen and elastin production with our proven selection of skin rejuvenation treatments, from microneedling to photofacials.