Most of us are aware of the value of wearing sunscreen to stop sunburn and harm during the summer months, but it should be a year-round preventive health measure. Wear lightweight sunscreen regardless of your facial skin tone or hue. Sunscreen has been used to protect facial skin from the sun since ancient Egypt when jasmine and rice bran extract were used. The first commercial sunscreen was invented by chemists in 1936, and it has been improved upon ever since. Modern sunscreens are water-resistant and can be used in foundations, primers, serums, and creams, among other cosmetics and beauty products.

Why should you wear sunscreen every day on your face?

While the sun brings us life, it can also be our worst enemy when it comes to skincare. You can appear younger and healthier as you age if you take care of your skin. Regardless of the weather, you should apply sunscreen with an SPF of 50 to face every day.

UVA and UVB are the two forms of UV rays. UVA rays have the same intensity all the time and can go deeper into the tissue. Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays will reach your skin and cause skin cancer. UVB rays vary in intensity and cause sunburn, making them more harmful during the summer months.

The most important reason to use sunscreen every day is to prevent skin cancer. If you take care, skin cancer can be avoided. That should be enough to persuade you to put on sunscreen, but if you need more, keep reading.

Following are some of the reasons to use sunscreen every day:

Protection from UV rays:

The ozone layer's loss has increased our risk of sunburn from harmful UV rays. Mineral sunscreen prevents UV rays and reduces the risk of sunburn dramatically. Look for products like Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Anti-Pollution SPF 50, Ultra Light Daily UV Mineral Defense Sunscreen, Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50, and use them every day. You'll need about an ounce to cover your whole body.

Prevention of skin cancer:

In communities around the world, skin cancer is the most common type of malignant disease. While the prevalence of cutaneous malignant melanoma is minimal, approximately 15% of cases result in death. 

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) risk is reduced by around 40%, and melanoma risk is reduced by 50% when you use sunscreen with an SPF of 50 on a daily basis.

Protection from premature ageing:

UV rays induce photo-ageing of the face, marked by a dense, leathery appearance, discolouration, and collagen breakdown, leading to lines, sagging, and wrinkles. According to studies, people under the age of 55 who use sunscreen daily have a 24 per cent lower risk of developing these ageing symptoms than those who do not. Applying mineral sunscreen on a daily basis will reduce the chances of premature ageing.

Maintenance of skin tone:

Sunscreen helps you maintain a clearer and more even skin tone by avoiding discolouration and dark spots caused by sun damage. Sunscreen protects important skin proteins such as collagen, keratin, and elastin. These proteins are essential for maintaining the skin's smooth and healthy appearance. To give your skin these advantages, make sure your sunscreen lotion contains titanium oxide.

Protection from tanning:

The idea that tan is good for you still exists. However, you should be conscious that when sunbathing to get a tan, you run the risk of being injured by the harmful ultraviolet B rays. To stop tanning caused by UVB, use a lightweight sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30. Also, particularly if you have sensitive skin, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours. Alternatively, apply sunscreen lotion after your workout, as sweat can wash away the protective coating.

What SPF should you use on your face every day?

According to dermatologists, it is ideal for wearing sunscreen with at least an SPF of 50. An SPF of 50 means that the sunscreen provides 30 times the protection that your face naturally provides. To protect against both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays, the label on your face sunscreen should say “broad spectrum.” Chemical sunscreens (which are absorbed into the skin) apply more clear if you have a medium-to-dark complexion, whereas physical or mineral sunscreens (which sit on top of the skin and reflect UV rays) frequently leave a white cast.

Around 3% of UVB rays will reach your skin via an SPF 30. Just about 2% of those rays pass through a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. That may sound insignificant before considering that the SPF 30 allows 50% more UV radiation to reach your face.

Under ideal conditions (such as those used in a lab), a sunscreen with a higher SPF and broad-spectrum coverage protects against sunburn, UVA damage, and DNA damage better than similar products with lower SPF values.

However, life is not a laboratory. In reality, products with high SPFs sometimes offer the impression of protection. People who use them prefer to spend more time in the light. They will decide not to reapply. They may also feel they don't need to seek shade, wear a hat, or cover-up. They end up taking a lot more UV damage, which defeats the aim entirely.

SPF 50 may not be enough for people who already have underlying conditions like a high risk of skin cancer, genetic diseases, and immune disorders.

What does SPF do for your face?

SPF, basically, means the Sun Protection Factor. The SPF value of sunscreen refers to the amount of sun protection that it provides to your face, but it is complicated. It's a measure of how much more protection you'll have with sunscreen over what's naturally on your face. SPF protects the face by expanding its natural defences against the sun's rays. SPFs contain a variety of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients that soften and care for the face while protecting it.

So, while your SPF is working hard to protect against UVA and UVB rays, the antioxidants inside are also assisting in fighting against free radicals and environmental aggressors that we are all exposed to on a daily basis. Men's facial skin is up to 25% thicker than women's because they have a significantly higher level of testosterone in their bodies. Since men have more testosterone, their facial skin texture is rougher, whereas women's facial skin is smoother due to higher estrogen levels. Hence, sunscreen for men differs from that of women.

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