Spring is here. The warmer weather temps even the most die-hard homebody into the fresh air and sunshine after a long dreary winter. Dreams of lounging, like a cat or a lizard on a sunny spot in the park, poolside or at the beach dance in the heads of winter weary humans. In the rush to spend time out of doors, I want to urge you not to forget to first apply, then pack the sunscreen for reapplication to the face throughout the day.
Remember that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is constantly being bombarded and damaged by the effects of sun exposure (and smoke). In fact, besides aging and the natural repetitive movements of the facial muscles, sun is the biggest culprit when it comes to skin aging and damage. This makes a broad-spectrum sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your healthy skin care regiment.
I see faces day in and day out. I can tell instantly who uses sunscreen and who doesn’t. Using sunscreen really needs to be as habitual as brushing your teeth. And, if you’re going to be outdoors for more than an hour, you need to reapply at least on an hourly basis.
I include the following information from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to heighten your motivation. All plastic surgeons are in agreement on the use of sunscreen, and not just on days when the sun is shining.
“Broad-spectrum sunscreen can dramatically improve the appearance and health of skin. It is designed to protect your skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which can cause direct and indirect cell and DNA damage. This results in degradation of collagen, an increase in pigment and a decrease in cell turnover. Ultimately, this results in signs of facial photoaging, lines, pigment changes and an overall unhealthy appearance to your skin. Daily use of sunscreen can diminish these signs. Additionally, its use can prevent skin cancers. Sunscreen should be used daily and reapplied throughout the day, rain or shine!”