Changing seasons. Here’s the deal: Do not stop using sunscreen. Seriously. I know, that probably doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense: Temperatures are dropping. The sun sets earlier. We’re all shifting to sweaters and more layers. But, from a skin-care and a healthy beauty perspective, cooler and shorter days don’t mean you’re safer from the sun and its harmful rays. In fact, not feeling the sweltering heat may make you more vulnerable.
What’s more, even if your sun exposure is as brief as a short walk to school or a quick lunch outside—those short moments in the sun actually have a cumulative effect on your skin. It can result in fine lines and age spots. Seriously! So what can you do to slow down skin aging? Use sunscreen 365 days/ year.
If you have any doubts about why you should use sunscreen every single day consider a study from three-years-ago. In 2013 Australian researchers proved daily use of sunscreen protects against skin aging. Over a four and a half year period, researchers discovered those who regularly used broad-spectrum sunscreen were less likely to show increased wrinkling than those who used sunscreen less often. In fact, 1 of every 4 those using sunscreen everyday had skin that looked younger (better).
That’s why at willa we always say, ‘Start Young. Stay Young.’
It’s a no brainer. Even in the fall and winter, don’t skip a day of sunscreen and follow these tips on how to keep your skin looking its best today and through your most excellent tomorrows.
- Choose Physical (not Chemical) Sun Protection for Safer & More Effective Protection: Not only are physical sunscreens (those formulated with Zinc and Titanium Dioxide) safer than chemical sunscreens but they also provide better broad-spectrum coverage than chemical ones. What does “broad spectrum” mean? There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. A broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum, sunscreen protects you from both.
- Reapply: Applying your daily morning dosage of sunscreen isn’t enough. If you are outdoors your skin still sweats and causes the sunscreen to wear off. If you’re in the sun, your sunscreen is good for a max of two hours. So keep your sunscreen handy and reapply when you find yourself heading outside during the day.
- Shades, Hats (you get the picture): Sunscreen does not protect you completely from the sun. There are lots of cute glasses and hat options to keep your skin protected while looking effortlessly cool.