Prevent your skin from getting damaged by the sun and make it essential to put sunscreen on before leaving the house. The concept of sunscreen dates back to ancient Egypt, when people used rice bran extract and jasmine to protect their skin from the sun. Chemists brought commercial sunscreen to the market in the 1930’s and the rest is history. You can find sun protectant properties in serums, creams, foundations and more. Sunscreen acts as a protective barrier to the sun’s UV rays.
Exposure to UV light can cause wrinkles and age spots, and can also have more serious consequences, such as skin cancer. To prevent problematic skin conditions, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 to 3 hours.
- Choose “Broad Spectrum”: This means your sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) rays A and B. Both cause skin cancer.
- Look for SPF 30 or higher: This number indicates how effective the protection of the sunscreen is. The higher the better.
- Make sure it’s water resistant: This way you’ll know that your sunscreen will stay on if you sweat or take a dip in the ocean.
- Opt for creams and lotions: They are more reliable to ensure adequate coverage.
DID YOU KNOW? Up to 80% of the sun’s rays pass through cloud cover on a muggy day? So even when the sun isn’t shining, it’s important to take preventive habits to protect your skin health.