The Importance of Sunscreen and Combining it with Vitamin C
Now that the warmer seasons are finally approaching, you may be more mindful about applying your SPF. But, if this is an activity you rarely remember to do, it’s time to start a new and healthy habit. Sunscreen protects us from the harmful UV radiation that penetrates our skin, leading to a multitude of conditions. It’s imperative that we take preventative steps to avoid sun exposure.
Here are some important reasons you should wear sunscreen on a daily basis:
Limits Development of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a term used to describe areas of uneven pigment in the skin. It is caused by an increase in melanin, which is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair, and eyes their color. Commonly referred to as sun spots or age spots, hyperpigmentation is typically caused by direct sun exposure over a period of time. They tend to appear on parts of the skin that get the most sunlight, such as your face, neck, and back of the hands. They appear as brownish, discolored spots that do not disappear due to the skin being permanently damaged.
You can avoid the development of hyperpigmentation by applying an SPF 30 or greater on a regular basis to protect you from excessive sun exposure. It prevents the accumulation of photodamage that leads to brown spots as well as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which are the spots that develops after acne. Even if you already have sun spots, using sunscreen can help protect the skin and prevent inflammation.
A great tip is to layer sunscreen over Skinblossom's Maracujá Glow Potion which contains 15% Vitamin C. Studies have shown that combining sunscreen with Vitamin C can boost the power of sunscreen and protect the skin from further photo damage cause by UV rays.
Minimizes Painful Sunburns
Probably the most common reason that people apply sunscreen is to avoid a pesky sunburn. A few hours at the beach or strolling around the park can lead to a painful irritation. If you do not wear hats, sunglasses, or long-sleeved clothing, your can suffer from the penetration of strong UV rays. When you have a sunburn, your skin is usually red, itchy, and hot to the touch. It can even blister depending on the severity. Studies show that higher number SPF sunscreens are more effective at minimizing sunburns.
Reduces Chances of Skin Cancer
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day in the United States. In addition, more than two people die of the disease every hour. It’s startling that this condition affects the lives of so many around the world. If you want to reduce your risk of skin cancer, you must prioritize a proper skincare routine.
Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen when purchasing a product because it provides the most protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Antioxidants within certain sunscreens can also protect against ravaging free radicals and other environmental factors. Even if you live an on-the-go lifestyle, you can keep a handy sunscreen bottle with you in your purse or bag for easy accessibility.