You probably already know that you should be wearing sunscreen everyday, but do you know why? I know we’re not the only ones asking ourselves “why should I wear sunscreen everyday?” There are many reasons why you should apply it everyday, especially during the cold winter months. Although the sun might not seem as bright during the wintertime, those pesky UV rays can still make their way through and damage your skin if you’re not protected!
Here at Eossi Beauty, we are huge supporters of the importance of sun protection, so keep reading to hear about why you should be wearing sunscreen everyday even in the wintertime!
Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Everyday
Regardless of how old you are, you should always wear sunscreen every single day of the year. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people over 6 months of age should apply sunscreen everyday. Your skin gets more and more damaged by the sun throughout your lifetime, so the importance of sun protection by wearing sunscreen should be at the top of your priority list and should always be the last step in your skincare routine. Wearing sunscreen isn’t just a vanity thing, it’s a health thing too. There are a lot of statistics that might convince you to wear sunscreen everyday, including:
- 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer by 70 years old.
- Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
What to Look for in Sunscreen
There are so many sunscreens on the market that it’s hard to know which one you should choose. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, they believe that “the best sunscreen is the one you are most likely to use, so long as it provides safe and effective protection, and is broad spectrum with an SPF 15 or higher.” Everyone has a different skin type, so when searching for sunscreen, make sure you take your own skin’s needs into consideration. All sunscreens on the market have two types of active ingredients:
- Physical ingredients such as minerals including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide: these ingredients help to block and scatter the sun’s rays before they penetrate your skin.
- Chemical ingredients such as avobenzone and octisalate which help to absorb UV rays from the sun before they can cause damage to your skin.
When and Where You Should Apply Sunscreen
The simple answer? Every single day! Unless you’re not going outside at all and won’t see the sun all day, then your best bet is to wear sunscreen every single day. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before venturing outside in order to allow it to bind to your skin. Reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours is also recommended, as well as after excessive sweating or swimming. Experts recommend that you should apply sunscreen to the major parts of your body everyday before going outside, but focusing on your face is especially important. If you work from home or inside a building, you could probably get away with just applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and ears, but full protection is always a good idea!
What Type of Sunscreen You Should Use
You should always be using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns, while UVA rays cause tanning and premature aging. For everyday wear, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 is ideal, especially if you are only out in the sun for short periods of time. If you know you are going to be outside for an extended period of time or will be out in the sun doing activities such as hiking or running, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above is recommended. If you are going swimming or will be sweating a lot, getting a water-resistant and/or sweat-proof sunscreen might be a good option for you as well.
About Eossi Beauty
Eossi Beauty embraces the power of clean and pure botanicals. Derived from nature, our uniquely effective beauty products are created by two women driven by one purpose: to make life brighter—because we all deserve to feel as good as we look, naturally. Our affordable products are carefully formulated with sustainably sourced and thoroughly vetted ingredients, such as plant-based essential oils and broad-spectrum hemp cannabinoid oil that’s independently lab tested for quality and purity. Every day, our founders Shannon and Rochonne are living the Eossi Beauty ethos: create your own dynamic energy, cultivate love, and let your beauty shine.