SunScreen and Sun damage

SunScreen and Sun damage

Hello Everyone, welcome back! Many times we are told that we need to wear sunscreen but do you really know why? Do you know how bad the UV rays emitted by the sun damages the skin? This post is a simple , easy to understand, straightforward explanation. Keep reading to know more.

Why do you need sunscreen? Sunscreen protects you from both Uva and UVB rays emitted by the sun that cause premature aging as well as sunburn. Uvb is the lesser of two evils, it mostly penetrates the upper skin layer (epidermis), and causes redness and sunburn.

Uva, on the other hand, penetrates deeper to the lower dermis layer of the skin, this is the one that causes premature aging. Uva can also penetrate glass so your windows aren’t enough protection, it can penetrate clouds so even on a rainy cloudy day, your skin will still be at risk. This is why it’s important to get a sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, look out for “broad spectrum SPF” that’s 30 and over.

How UV rays damage the skin; It Causes the formation of free radicals. (Free radicals are harmful to skin cells). UV light also causes direct cell injury by activating (enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases). These break down collagen causing deep wrinkles & skin sagging

Black people , the amount of melanin is higher in our skin, obviously and melanin generally absorbs UV light and also blocks (to a certain amount) free radical damage. So to be fair, darker skin is in a way more protected from these sun damages and aging hence the “black don’t crack”.

But even with all this, premature again is still a problem for dark skin, if you continue to expose your skin to the sun and environment without protection, your skin will definitely get damaged eventually, maybe not as fast as white skin, so it’s best to prevent that.

One of the things I tell my clients and anyone that cares is that get a separate sunscreen product , some say their moisturizer already has sunscreen protection, that isn’t going to help a lot , you need about a spoonful of sunscreen to properly protect your skin, how much moisturizer do we really use, to get full protection, you’d need to use a WHOLE SHIT TON of moisturizer and that’s just going to clog your pores and remember reapplying sunscreen after 2hours(maybe 3 🙃) is as important as using in the first place. So imagine if you have to reapply your moisturizer 3-5 times in one day 😩.

Another thing I hear is that sunscreen makes them sweat or it’s just heavy etc, you’re probably using the wrong product, find one that works well for you and stick with it.

Another question I get is “how do I reapply sunscreen over makeup”, there’s a lot of setting sprays and translucent setting powders with spf now. It’s not like using sunscreen in cream form but it’s also much better than not protecting yourself at all.

No matter how much you spend on skincare, skipping sunscreen is like pouring water into a basket and expecting it to be full one day. Stop wasting money darling, protect your skin, protect your investment, use sunscreen. It’s not optional, the environment will hurt your skin. SKin cancer is also very real.

So no matter what your skin type is. No matter what your skin issue is, we all need sunscreen. If you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation (all forms of dark spots and patches) and not using sunscreen, are you really treating your skin though?

Find a good sunscreen that works for you and your budget, stick with it. If you wear makeup a lot and you’re outside or your office is close to a window, get setting sprays with sunscreen protection. It’s still something. It’s better than not protecting your skin at all.

On a final note, another important thing, sunscreen isn’t just for women, in fact, skincare isn’t just for women. It’s for everyone. UV rays don’t care about age, race or gender.
Also be sure to apply sunscreen to your neck, even the back of your neck and your ears too.

Thank you for reading, I hope this helped a lot. Feel Free to ask me your questions in the comment section or tweet at me @Skinwithabiola.

Bye for now! You’re Loved!

Abiola

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