The best time to start taking care of your skin was five years ago, the second best time to start taking care of it is now. Although the sun is good for your body, providing you with vitamin D, in turn, regulating your sleep cycle and making you feel good about yourself, over exposure to sunlight does have numerous drawbacks. Hence, it is of paramount importance for you to shield your skin from the sun.
Does the sun make your skin look old?
Yes, it does! When your skin is overexposed to the sun, you will see your skin developing age spots, wrinkles and in the worst case, skin cancer. Although the skin does produce pigment that protects itself from direct sunlight, it can´t protect itself 100%. And, when you expose your skin to the sun for an extended period of time, the UVB radiation plays a detrimental role in weakening the lower layer of the skin, called dermis, and that´s where the problems start.
So, how to keep your skin sun-proof and age-proof?
It isn´t a difficult task to protect the skin. However, you will need to be consistent in your efforts. Firstly, you will need to assess your risk profile by scheduling a skin exam to know the situation of your skin. Then, you will need to acquire the right protection for your skin. Basically, you need to opt for products that boast of a high SPF (sun protection factor) and use it often. You can even use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains the following ingredients—zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone, also popularly called Parsol 1789.
And, if you rely on makeup heavily, you can even apply your sun protection sunscreen when you are dolling up. You should be careful not to head out immediately after applying sunscreen as your skin will first need to absorb the sunscreen. It usually takes around 20 minutes for the skin to absorb the sunscreen.
An ounce of sunscreen should be more than sufficient to cover your body. And, if you feel messy after putting it on, you can rest assured knowing that you´re applying it correctly.
Be advised that sun protection is not only for the summers. You should continue with your routine all year round.