We’ve all heard the skin care tip: wear sunscreen to protect your skin! Wearing sunscreen prevents premature aging by protecting your skin from damage like discolored spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. But ‘just wear sunscreen’ is a rather vague order, and a lot of questions follow.How do you know what kind of sunscreen to wear? And what should you consider when choosing to wear sunscreen? Here are five things to consider when choosing the best anti-aging sunscreens.
There’s a difference between chemical and physical sunscreens.
Physical sunscreens contain active ingredients which lay on the top of your skin to deflect damaging UV rays. On the upside, they start working immediately, are unlikely to clog your pores, and have a longer shelf life. But on the downside, they rub off easily and often leave a chalky white hue even after rubbed into your skin.
Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain organic compounds which create a chemical reaction in your skin which turns UV rays into heat that is then released. These tend to be lighter, which make them easier to apply, but they don’t kick in until about 20 minutes after application, may clog pores, and sometimes cause stinging to sensitive skin.
Consider wearing year-round sunscreen.
It’s easy to remember to lather on sunscreen when you’re headed to the pool in the summer, but harder to remember that every day you step outside, rays from the sun are damaging your skin. That’s why it’s important to consider wearing sunscreen year-round. In fact, even if your makeup or moisturizer has SPF protection, if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, it’s not going to be enough to field off cancer-causing rays. Be sure to use a good sunscreen on top of your makeup, perhaps a light cream or lotion that won’t make your skin feel heavy.
Reapply every two hours.
Eventually, your sunscreen will fade. This is especially true when you’re swimming in the water. That’s why it’s important to remember to reapply it every two hours, the average amount of time it takes for a typical sunscreen to fade.
Sunscreen has anti-aging benefits.
Sunscreen does more than protect from sunburn or skin cancer — it also reduces skin aging! That’s right. Wearing sunscreen on a regular basis prevents photoaging, or the wrinkling, spotting, and sagging of the skin caused the sun’s UV rays.
Sunscreen aids in skin cancer prevention.
If you wear sunscreen for no other reason but this, it would be enough. Sunscreen is an essential skin cancer prevention. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen that covers all types of cancer-causing rays.
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