The Reasons You Need To Use Sun Protection
This is the first post in my sun protection series – literally everything you ever wanted to know about sun protection. This series will go stretch over a couple of weeks in short easy to manage posts so you (and I!) don’t get too bored. But the more I learn about sun damage when it comes to health, skincare and beauty the more I realize HOW IMPORTANT it is and how much I need to stress it’s importance to others. The new “Good Word”.
Lets look at some examples and reasons you need to be using sun protection (not even just sunscreen!) every day.
1. To Prevent Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer there is.1 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their life time.2 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States annually3, and 102,000 are diagnosed annually in the UK.4 On average, 1 American dies from melanoma every hour.5 I don’t like those odds. The American Cancer Society claims that protecting yourself from natural and artificial ultraviolet rays alone can prevent more than 3 million cases of skin cancer every year6, and 80% of all melanoma cases in the UK could be prevented by practicing sun safety.7 There are a few different kinds and severity of skin cancer, and contrary to common belief every skin tone is susceptible to skin cancer.
2. To Prevent Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
3. To Prevent or Treat an Uneven Skin Tone
If you are currently trying to correct an uneven skin tone or you are trying to get rid of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or acne scars, unprotected sun exposure can set back your progress and actually make your PIH last longer. Your skin creates more melanin in response to sun exposure, so your PIH can get darker or just refuse to fade away the more you expose it to sunlight. Darker skin tones are particularly prone to severe PIH or keloid scarring after acne lesions or injury. To help fade an uneven skin tone or pigmentation, regularly and diligently using sunscreen is the key to helping the pigmentation fade away naturally.
4. To Protect Sensitive Skin
Unlike some other examples or reasons for sun protection, this one will effect you now not 20 years from now. When the skin is sensitive to the sun and the suns affects, it’s called photosensitivity. Sensitive skin can range anywhere from slight burning or redness when putting on a product to skin peeling off in patches. Using certain products can make your skin sensitive and more vulnerable to the sun’s damage than it would otherwise. Photosensitivity doesn’t just mean a rash or tender skin – it means your skin is more likely to suffer from the above problems because it cannot protect itself. Products that can cause your skin to become photosensitive are; alpha-hydroxy-acids, essential oils, retinols, benzoyl peroxide and certain medications. When using these types of products you need to also be using a sunscreen daily to protect your skin from immediate damage and future damage.
The best time to start using sun protection was yesterday, but it’s never too late to start. Even if you think “Oh, it’s too late now” – it’s NOT. You can prevent future damage, aging and wrinkles with every application. Give you skin a break from all the UV battery and just use sunscreen.
xoxo Miss C.
- Guy GP, Thomas CC, Thompson T, Watson M, Massetti GM, Richardson LC. Vital signs: Melanoma incidence and mortality trends and projections—United States, 1982–2030. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(21):591-596.
- Stern RS. Prevalence of a history of skin cancer in 2007: results of an incidence-based model. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Mar;146(3):279-82.
- American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.
- American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society 2014