WHY SUNSCREEN IS YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR ANTI-AGING
If you are looking for the best anti-wrinkle cream or anti-aging solution on the market, think sunscreen. Before Coco Chanel made having a tan popular, darkened skin was considered a sign of the working class, and lily-white skin was coveted by many as a symbol for purity (think Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, carrying her precious parasol to shield her face from the sun). In years since the famous designer made sun-glazed skin the goal, we have learned the hard way that sun damage is cumulative, and frequent exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays means sun spots, fine lines, skin discoloration, wrinkles, and possibly even skin cancer as we head into our 40s, 50s, and beyond.
In reality, most of us get the majority of sun damage in childhood and through our teen years. The damage builds momentum and often begins to cause actual problems 10-20 years later. This is why the majority of clients visiting dermatologists seeking help with sun-related diseases are over the age of 35. It's very important parents play an active role in teaching children to apply sunscreen early before they become teenagers and tune out warnings.
What Does Sunscreen Do?
Sunscreen is your best friend for anti-aging, blocking harmful UVA/UVB rays and protecting your skin from damage and premature signs of aging. When the sun’s UV rays heat up your skin, the elastin naturally present in your skin begins to break down, making you more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. When you apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, you help delay or prevent premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations, and spots. Sunscreen products which also contain antioxidants and are applied at least 30 minutes before you go outside help prevent the possibility of developing skin cancer. Makeup alone won’t be enough, but the use of makeup with an SPF of 15 does help add an extra layer of protection.
You don’t have to get a sunburn to do damage to your skin, although you should definitely avoid getting burned at all costs. Prolonged, repeated exposure to the sun over time is the culprit for discoloration and pigmentation. Whether you have a light or dark complexion your skin still needs protection from the sun. Although people with a lighter skin tone are more susceptible to burning, people with a darker skin tone are more susceptible to developing skin cancer once burnt. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer—over 2 million Americans are diagnosed annually. Luckily skin cancer is preventable with regular sunscreen applications.
If you’re looking for the safest, most effective broad spectrum sunscreen protection for your sensitive skin in summer or winter, look no further than Cleure’s Natural SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen. This paraben-free sunscreen leaves out those potentially irritating ingredients that cause sensitive skin to break out, such as salicylates and fragrances. Whether you need to find face sunscreen for sensitive skin or just a high quality sunblock that will protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, Cleure wide spectrum sunblock with zinc oxide is a great choice! Pick up a full size tube to keep at home, and a few smaller sizes to toss in a purse, a school backpack, or the glove box of your car so that you always have sun protection at your fingertips.