At Vine Vera, we are constantly promoting good skin care habits, including sun protection. Everyone knows to put on sunscreen at the beach. They know that when they’re out in the hot sun for hours, it can do a ton of damage to their skin. Even though the importance of sun protection is constantly touted, some people learn the truth the hard way.
In fact, one of the biggest misconceptions with skincare that we see at Vine Vera, is that sunscreen is only needed during intense sun exposure. The truth is that anytime we are outside, whether during winter or a cloudy day, we’re exposing ourselves to harmful UV radiation. In order to protect our skin from these rays, it is essential to use sunscreen.
There are also numerous polls and studies, along with Vine Vera’s first-hand knowledge, which show that women use sunblock much more commonly than men. To all the men out there, sun protection is not just for the ladies, you need it also! Read on, to hear Vine Vera’s case for sun protection for the gentlemen.
How to Use Sunscreen
Putting on sunscreen is a pretty straightforward concept: Lather it on, and you’re ready to go, right? Not quite. Here are several things to keep in mind before going out in the sun:
- Use It Every Day: Unless it’s pouring rain outside, you should always use sunscreen when going outside. Yes, even in the winter you expose your skin to harmful rays.
- Wait at least 15 minutes before going in water: Remember when you were a kid and you put on your sunscreen and then jumped right in the pool? Well, that’s just asking for a nasty sunburn.
o It’s important to let the sunscreen sit and soak for a few minutes before exposing your skin to water. Otherwise it will rinse right off and prove useless.
- Re-apply every 2-3 hours: This depends on a few factors such as how harsh the sun is, as well as if you’re going in the water.
- Go for a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: Look for sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Also, your sunscreen should have at least SPF 15 (which most sunscreens have).
o In addition to that, pick a sunscreen that is tailored to what you will be doing out in the sun. For example, if you’re going to go on a run, use sweat resistant sunscreen. If you’re going to be in the water, use water-resistant.
- Don’t Miss a Spot: If you miss a spot, the sun will let you know with a nasty burn. We often forget to put sunscreen on places like our ears, lips, neck and even feet.
Why wear Sunscreen?
Here are two important reasons to wear sunscreen every day:
- Prevents Skin Cancer: Did you know that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers? The sad part is that this type of cancer is often preventable. You can protect yourself by making sure to avoid harsh sun exposure. When you do go in the sun, that’s where sunscreen comes in.
- Prevents Aging and Blemishes: Too much sun exposure can cause damage to the skin in the form of wrinkles and brown spots.
Make Sure to Get Vitamin D
Because our bodies rely on external sources for vitamin D, mainly the sun, maintaining healthy vitamin D levels may seem contradictory to staying out in the sun. However, this should not be an issue because
It may seem obnoxious to have to always be wearing sunscreen, but you won’t regret it down the road. Not only will you appear younger than your age, but you may be preventing yourself from getting a life threatening disease.
Are you a regular sunscreen user? Tell us in the comments below!