When it comes to everyday beauty, cleansing and moisturising form the basis on which it all begins. It would be (or is) quite shocking when I hear that someone doesn’t wash their face every day and maybe just as shocking if they don’t moisturise. Yet, to hear that many people still don’t wear sunscreen every day is not as shocking – at least not to most. So why isn’t this vital aspect of our routines not routinely talked about?
As someone who joined the Instagram beauty community in the past year, something I’m always happy to see is the promotion of a good sunscreen. Anyone in the know when it comes to beauty raves about using sunscreen EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And yet, I can almost guarantee, outside this community, the split of those who do this and those who don’t would be weighted to the latter.
Even doing a quick Google search of ‘should I wear sunscreen everyday’ leads to articles with snippets from years ago saying: ‘it’s not necessary’ and ‘only when it’s sunny’. There’s also, more recently, been questions raised over whether we get enough vitamin D if we’re wearing sunscreen all year round, what the long-term effects of the ingredients are and how sunscreens could be infecting our environments.
I’m super pale and I don’t do well in the sun. I get heat rash and within about 5 minutes I start going red if I’m not wearing my sunscreen. In a way that makes me lucky. My skin makes it very clear I should be wearing sunscreen, but others aren’t so lucky.
So, let’s have a look at the top 3 reasons I (and other much more clever people) think you really should be wearing sunscreen every day!
- Skin Cancer
I’m not going to beat around the bush… skin cancer, or the risk of getting it, should be reason enough for us ALL to wear sunscreen daily. Exposure to the sun is one of the biggest causes of skin cancer and the scary fact is there are 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually in the UK.
All you need to do is wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above. And there are plenty of products out there that give you this. Yes, some research has cited some of the ingredients may seep into the bloodstream and become harmful, but that same research says these ingredients significantly reduce the risk of developing skin cancer! I don’t know whether it’s just me, but I‘d rather worry about the thing that kills 2,500 in the UK every year and try to prevent becoming one of them!
If I didn’t have you at skin cancer, then maybe this second one will get you. You’ll look younger for longer by wearing sunscreen. They are known to protect against ageing. Whilst we apply lotions, serums, acids, moisturisers etc trying to increase hydration and reduce those fine lines, it’s actually sun damage that causes most of the damage we’re trying to avoid. UV rays are known to be the number 1 cause of wrinkles. So why spend so much time and money trying to repair something only to be damaging it every day without the preventative use of sunscreen? Again, maybe just me but I want to keep my skin as wrinkle-free as possible for as long as possible.
- Other Skin Problems
OK, if those two still aren’t enough for you, this one might get you. It turns out, ageing is not the only skin issue caused by sun damage. It’s not just wrinkles we need to worry about – pigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone are other known cause of overexposure to UV rays and it’s not just on those sunny days. In fact, approximately 80 per cent of UV rays still penetrate through clouds, so it’s vital to apply your sunscreen all-year-round!
Overall I really believe the responsibility of education on this subject sits with the beauty industry. We need bigger bottles of sunscreen that’s for your face for a start (why are they always so small?) and they need to be included in basic ranges or starter skits. Usually, you’ll get a cleanser, a moisturiser and some kind of hydrating product, but this should be part of the everyday kit. We know to show that’s it’s as basic and important as cleansing. I hope we see this more and moreover the coming months and years but until then – wear your sunscreen. Every day!
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