Everyone has their morning routine, right? Get out of bed, hop in the shower, get dressed for the day by putting on your favourite coat or outfit, and maybe applying some makeup just for that extra bit of glow. But most people tend to forget the most crucial step of all; you guessed it – sunscreen. By doing this, we are exposing the delicate skin on our face to unnecessary damage from sun exposure.
As most of us know, sunscreen is an active ingredient of lotions or creams which is used to protect the skin from sunburns and skin damage. So how do sunscreens work? They work by blocking and absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet radiations, otherwise known as UV rays, by way of a combination of physical and chemical particles. This means we only need to apply sunscreen on hot summer days, right? Think again! Even on days where the sun is not shining, 80 percent of its rays can pass through the clouds, including during winter. The snow actually reflects up to 80 percent of the UV rays.
Here Are the Top Reasons Why You Should Add Sunscreen into Your Daily Morning Routine
Prevents Premature Aging of the Skin and Helps Maintain an Even Skin Tone: We all would love nothing more than to have youthful and healthy-looking skin. But the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles increases when our skin is overexposed to sunlight. Sunscreen also protects our skin from unwanted brown spots and discolouration. By wearing sunscreen, we are slowing down the process of developing wrinkles and ageing skin.
Decreases Risk of Developing Skin Cancer: Applying sunscreen on a daily basis decreases the risk of developing various types of skin cancers in half. In particular, melanoma, a type of skin cancer that is incredibly aggressive.
Sunscreen Is More Convenient Now Than Ever Before: With sunscreens coming in various forms to choose from, including creams, lotions, sticks, sprays, and even makeup, it is now more convenient than ever before. Whichever type of sunscreen we choose, it is best to reapply every two hours and especially after swimming.
Sunscreen Doesn’t Just Protect Our Skin from Sunburns: When our skin becomes damaged, our body does its best to treat the damaged area immediately. Our body does this by distributing extra blood to the damaged area, which then causes our skin there to become red or pink and feel painful or warm when touched, and some of the skin from the area might also peel off. These are all signs of sunburn, and although many factors contribute to whether we get a sunburn or not, such as skin tone and amount of time spent outdoors, anyone is capable of getting a sunburn. When being exposed to the sun for extended periods at a time, we are also running the risk of having a heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Sunscreen and an increased intake of water can help us avoid these issues.
Save Your Skin!
Incorporating sunscreen into your daily morning routine might seem like such a drag, especially if you just want to make a short trip to the grocery store, but it is the most vital step to always keeping your skin looking radiant.