Never have I ever been told to wear sunscreen? - DRANK!!
The people that tell you to wear sunscreen are real MVPs. They’ve worried more about your skin than you have yourself. Yes, we fully acknowledge that we sound like a broken record but it’s because we love your skin and want what is best for it.
Since ancient times, it has been well known that sun exposure is responsible for premature skin aging (wrinkles, age spots, sagging, dullness, we can keep going but we won’t) and in the worst case increased risk of skin cancer (carcinoma and melanoma) - THIS IS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO WEAR SUNSCREEN BUT ALSO BE SUN SMART.
Don’t get us wrong, the sun is not the enemy. It is still the source of energy for all living elements and it also plays a vital role in the human mind and body. Have you noticed that when the sun is out, your mood seems lighter and you feel happier compared to a gloomy day? Well that’s because the sun helps to stimulate the production of endorphins, the feel-good brain biochemicals. The sun also provides essential vitamin D which is important for proper immune function, bone growth and calcium absorption. That’s why we’re not suggesting becoming vampires and avoid sun altogether, it’s about being sun smart.
Let's get into the nitty gritty so that it’s engraved in your mind.
The sun emits solar radiation that is categorised based on the wavelength. After being filtered by the atmosphere, the earth receives ultraviolet radiation, visible light and infrared radiation.
Sunlight induced aging, which can also be known as photoaging, is caused by ultraviolet rays.
Our body tries to protect us from the UV radiation by reinforcing skin protection = tanning, increased melanin production. However this is still not enough to combat the harsh effects of UV radiation. As a result, we need use artificial sun protection a.k.a sunscreen.
Currently in the market, there are two distinct types of sunscreens - chemical and mineral/physical sunscreens. They behave in different ways but the result is to protect our skin.
We hope we’ve convinced you, don’t let the sun rob you of your glorious skin for the many many many years to come!