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Why Applying and Reapplying Sunscreen Is Crucial

by 20s Beauty 29 Jun 2023

Ah, the sun! Its warm rays can be comforting and uplifting, but it also poses a serious threat to our skin. Sunburns, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer are just a few of the potential consequences of prolonged sun exposure. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to protect our skin: sunscreen! However, the key lies not only in applying sunscreen but also in reapplying it throughout the day. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of applying and reapplying sunscreen to safeguard our skin's health and maintain a radiant complexion.

 

  1. Shielding Against Harmful UV Rays

Sunscreen acts as a protective shield between our skin and the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays that reach the Earth's surface: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, leading to premature aging and skin damage, while UVB rays cause sunburns and contribute to the development of skin cancer.

Applying sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection helps to block both UVA and UVB rays. However, the effectiveness of sunscreen diminishes over time due to sweat, contact with water, or even regular activities like rubbing against clothing. Thus, reapplying sunscreen is crucial to maintain its protective barrier and shield against the damaging effects of the sun.

  1. Preventing Sunburns and Skin Damage

Sunburns are not only painful but also a clear sign of skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure. When we spend time outdoors, the initial application of sunscreen is essential to prevent sunburns. However, it is important to note that sunscreen alone cannot provide an infinite shield. Over time, the sun's rays break down the sunscreen's active ingredients, making it less effective.

To ensure maximum protection, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or engaging in water activities. By replenishing the sunscreen's protective layer, we can reduce the risk of sunburns, skin peeling, and long-term damage such as hyperpigmentation and premature aging.

PLAN 36.5's Aloe Gel and Ma:nyo's Vegan Aloe Gel are great solutions to soothing sunburns. Pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation as it works to moisturize and protect your skin.

  1. Protecting Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer globally, and its primary cause is exposure to UV radiation. The two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are typically treatable if detected early. However, melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, can spread rapidly and be life-threatening.

Applying sunscreen consistently throughout the day significantly reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. By incorporating sunscreen into our daily routine and reapplying it when necessary, we take an active step towards protecting our skin and reducing the harmful effects of UV radiation.

  1. Slowing Down Premature Aging

Excessive sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors to premature aging, including the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. The sun's UV rays break down collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins responsible for maintaining skin's firmness and elasticity.

Regular application and reapplication of sunscreen play a vital role in preventing premature aging. By protecting our skin from UV radiation, sunscreen helps preserve its youthful appearance, reduces the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, and maintains a more even skin tone.

The importance of applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day cannot be overstated. From shielding against harmful UV rays and preventing sunburns to safeguarding against skin cancer and slowing down premature aging, sunscreen is a powerful ally in our quest for healthy and radiant skin.

Remember to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, apply it generously before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours or more frequently when necessary. By making sunscreen a non-negotiable part of our skincare routine, we can enjoy the sun safely and maintain the health and beauty of our skin for years to come.

Some products that are super easy to reapply are sun sprays and sun sticks! Check out our products to find a product that fits your routine and skin.

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