The Benefits of Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the most essential items that we take with us whenever we go to the beach in summer, but very few of us use sunscreen the year around, even though we should. The humble sunscreen should be used whenever we go out, whenever we leave the home and the office, whenever we go out for a walk in the park to enjoy the bright winter sunshine or the mild weather in fall. Here are some of the greatest benefits of sunscreen.
Protection Against Harmful UV Rays
Sunshine is composed from beneficial and harmful components. While the beneficial rays are essential for our bodies to assimilate vitamin D, an element so important for our overall health and the one that makes the absorption of calcium and other minerals possible, the harmful rays deplete our skin from the nutrients it needs to stay youthful and healthy. What sunscreen does is practically to block these harmful rays from penetrating the skin, thus contributing to the prevention of the lesions potentially caused by solar radiations.
The Prevention of Premature Aging
Applying sunscreen daily is one of the best anti aging skin care routines you can follow. Solar radiation tends to dry the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark spots to appear. Sunscreen blocks the aging effects of the sun’s rays as well, keeping your skin fresh and youthful.
Reduced Risk of Skin Cancer
As the ozone layer above us is becoming thinner and thinner, the UV rays that should be normally filtered by the ozone layer reach the surface of the Earth and our skin as well. These UV radiations are known to be one of the major causes of skin cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer today. By blocking these harmful rays, sunscreen protects your skin against the cancer-causing effects of sunshine in any and all seasons.
Prolonged exposure to the sun is not only dangerous because of the health risks it poses – it can have uncomfortable or very painful short-term consequences as well. Spending too long sunbathing can cause burns that manifest in the form of reddened skin, pain and itching, swelling and, eventually, peeling. All these bruise and weaken the skin, leaving it less resistant to other environmental effects, but all these are also very easy to prevent, by applying a generous amount of sunscreen before grabbing that beach chair and by reapplying the protective lotion or spray at regular intervals.
Protection for Your Skin’s Elasticity
The protein responsible for the elasticity and youthful appearance of your skin are elastin, keratin and collagen, all of which can be harmed and depleted by harsh sunshine. The best sunscreen products contain titanium oxide, the ingredient that offers efficient protection from this type of harm, too.
Great Moisturizing Effects
Many sunscreen products today contain ingredients that were previously used only in moisturizer products, therefore modern sun lotions and sprays can be used not only for protecting your skin from the sun, but also for moisturizing and nourishing it.
Affordable and Common
Sunscreen products are available everywhere you go, in almost every shop, supermarket, drug store, even in gas filling stations and they come with very affordable price tags.