Everytime I go online and look at the various skincare forums, I realise that so many new "skincare junkies" want to start off their skincare journey by investing in the most expensive products, ranging from foaming cleansers to toners to eye creams and serums. While I understand the excitement that comes when you're trying to build a skincare routine, many people often miss out on one very important, MUST HAVE in their routine — Sunscreen. Okay, so maybe you've heard this before and you don't want to hear it again, but trust me, wearing sunscreen can save your skin, and maybe and even your life.
Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays. What exactly are UV rays? They are a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun, or other man-made sources like tanning beds. There are two types of UV rays which are harmful for your skin, UVA and UVB. It has been shown that most skin cancers are a result of exposure to the UV rays from sunlight, and that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by applying sunscreen every single day, you can reduce the risk of contracting skin cancer by half
Apart from that, wearing sunscreen daily helps prevents the premature againg of your skin. I mean, who dosen't want glowy and youthful skin at 40? As the sun damage brought about by the UV rays causes photaging or increased aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots may form after prolonged exposure to the sun. By wearing your sunscreen dilligently, you are helping your future self! Even if you feel like you don't get tan after spending time in the sun, you still need to put your sunscreen, because the UVA and UVB rays can still penetrate the layers of your skin even if can't see it. If it's a cloudy day, same thing. There is no excuse for not wearing sunscreen, because no matter what time of day it is or what the weather is like, the sun is always out there.
As for application, remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours, even if your sunscreen is SPF 50! If you need recommendations on good lightweight sunscreens that don't leave a whitecast, I highly suggest checking out asian beauty brands which are light years ahead in the formulation of their sunscreens!