Why is it important to use sunscreen?

It is commonly known that the sun is the main cause of detriment to our skin. The more aware we are of the harm we put our skin through by keeping it bare and unprotected in the sun, the more we can benefit our skin and improve our skin’s health. If you are wondering why you are finding that you are having problems with your skin such as acne, fine lines and wrinkles, irritation or dryness, this may mean that your skin is being damaged by the sun. Here is some information as to why it is so important to use sunscreen before heading out the door. 

How the sun damages our skin

Although it is true that the sun helps to produce Vitamin D within our bodies, the ultraviolet light from the sun can be extremely harmful to our skin. Our epidermis (outer layer of skin) contains the pigment melanin which acts by protecting the skin against the sun. Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the skin as they can burn skin. This is because Ultra violet rays are able to pass through our epidermis and reach the deeper layers of skin where they can cause damage to the skin cells. If we are not protecting our skin, and it is exposed to the sun often, the skin can lose it elasticity and this can cause premature aging. Heat and sunburn also can cause dryness of the skin which leads to irritation and acne. As we know, long term exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause skin lesions and skin cancer, so it is crucial that we protect ourselves from the sun. 

How sunscreen protects our skin

To maintain healthy skin, it is so important to wear sunscreen or a moisturiser that contains sunscreen in it daily before you go outside. In our present world, the depletion of the Ozone layer has led to more risk of sun damage for everyone. Sunscreen protects us from the ultraviolet rays produced by the sun, reducing the risk of sun damage and premature aging. If you wear sunscreen often, there is a much higher chance that you will not endure having leathery, thick, sun damaged skin when you have aged. Wearing sunscreen will help to not only protect your skin from harm, but will help to moisturise your skin daily. For those who are tackling dry skin, this your answer to maintaining healthy dewy skin. Applying sunscreen daily can also help to create an even skin tone, as it helps to avoid discolouration and sun spots on our skin. Remember to apply your sunscreen daily and watch your skin’s health thrive! 

You want to protect and nourish your skin even more? Don’t forget to try our M1 Select skincare, available at your M1 Med Beauty clinic.