5 Benefits of Sunscreen For Your Face
There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun on a beautiful day. However, it’s important to apply sunscreen beforehand. Without proper sun protection, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin’s health and appearance. If sunscreen isn’t already a part of your daily skincare routine, it should be.
So, what are the benefits of sunscreen, and why is it so important? A broad-spectrum sunscreen can protect your skin from painful sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer and long-term sun damage. It can also help you look your best by preserving your skin’s youthful vibrance.
What Does Sunscreen Do?
Sunscreen serves as a protective barrier between your skin and the sun’s powerful UVA and UVB rays. These harmful rays have been shown to increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate signs of premature aging.1 Broad-spectrum sunscreens absorb and reflect these rays before they can penetrate your skin.
Should You Wear Sunscreen Everyday?
Even on cloudy days, your skin gets exposed to these UV rays. That’s why you should apply sunscreen to your face every day to prevent skin damage.
What Are the Benefits of Using Sunscreen For Face?
Here are the top five benefits of using a good sunscreen for your face:
#1 It Can Prevent Skin Cancer
Exposure to UV rays can increase your chances of developing skin cancer.2 Some skin cancers can be life-threatening, like melanoma.
While it’s difficult to avoid sun exposure altogether, applying sunscreen can help prevent these harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin. Thus, applying a daily sunscreen is an easy way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
In fact, daily use of an SPF 15 sunscreen has been shown to reduce the risk of developing:3
- Squamous cell carcinoma by 40%
- Melanoma by 50%
#2 It Helps Prevent Premature Aging
When your skin looks its best, you feel more empowered to take on the day.
Despite this, many people don’t realize that wearing sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to slow down the skin’s aging process. Some studies show that sun exposure contributes to over 80% of visible signs of premature skin aging,4 including5:
- Fine lines
Sunscreen helps prevent these classic signs of sun damaged skin and aging by helping your skin maintain its collagen and elastin levels.
- Collagen is a vital protein that’s often referred to as a building block for your skin. Collagen prevents skin from sagging and wrinkling. It’s what gives your face that youthful, plump and lifted look.
Elastin is an extracellular matrix that gives your skin its elasticity and resilience. You can test your skin’s elasticity by gently pulling on the skin of your cheek and letting go. Does the skin spring right back where it belongs as if you were pulling on a rubber band? If so, your healthy skin has plenty of elastin that needs protection. If not, it’s definitely time to look into elastin-supporting skincare products (like our daily Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology®) and protecting your skin with plenty of sunscreen.
UV rays permeate your skin barrier and break down collagen and elastin. When your skin loses that elastin and collagen-boosted lift, it can result in a loose, leathery-like appearance. One study found that chronically sun-damaged skin has 20% less collagen and 40% fewer skin peptides (the protein molecules that make up collagen) 6than sun-protected skin. This process of losing collagen to the sun’s damaging rays is called photoaging.7
#3 It Can Help You Maintain an Even Complexion
Premature aging isn’t the only way the sun can damage your skin’s appearance. Sun exposure can also cause your skin to become discolored and hyperpigmented.8 If you have an uneven skin tone, you may feel less confident about your skin.
Fortunately, sunscreen can prevent this discoloration from happening in the first place. In turn, you can enjoy a more even skin tone, even on your minimal makeup days.
#4 It Can Prevent Painful Sunburns
Aesthetics aside, getting too much sun can be painful! After a long day in the sun, you may develop a burning sunburn or rash that takes days to heal. If you’re trying to enjoy a tropical vacation or a relaxing weekend getaway, a sunburn can put a damper on the experience.
Even after your sunburn fades away, your skin may retain lasting damage. Sunburns can increase your risk of:9
- Premature aging
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamish cell carcinoma
Fortunately, a broad-spectrum sunscreen can protect your skin from getting burnt, especially if you reapply every two hours while you’re exposed to the sun.
#5 It Sets a Good Example For Others
While the benefits of sunscreen are vast, many people still don’t know about the importance of sunscreen.
Some common myths about sunscreen are that:
- You only need it in the summer
- You only need to apply it once a day
- People with darker skin don’t need it at all
These misconceptions leave many people vulnerable to harmful UV rays. By exemplifying an avid sunscreen regime in your daily life, you may encourage loved ones to follow suit.
What is the Best Sunscreen For Your Face?
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should wear sunscreen every day. However, not all sunscreens are made the same. If you’re looking for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers outstanding protection, look no further than ALASTIN.
At ALASTIN, we offer two scientifically-formulated sunscreens that are ideal for sensitive skin, aging skin, and acne-prone skin. Both formulas are paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Depending on whether you prefer regular sunscreen or tinted sunscreen, you can choose between our:
- Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen – Our powerful sunscreen is perfect for daily use. It’s water-resistant, moisturizing, and contains nourishing botanicals that soothe your skin throughout the day. Most importantly, it can protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays.
- HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad-Spectrum SPF 36 – Our tinted mineral sunscreen offers premium sun protection and a beautiful tint to even out your skin tone. It’s lightweight, oil-free, and fragrance-free. Better yet, it offers your skin a first-line of defense against environmental pollutants and infrared-generated free radicals.
If you’re ready to give your skin the very best, learn more about our award-winning sunscreens and skincare products today.
NCBI. Ultraviolet Radiation, Aging and the Skin: Prevention of Damage by Topical cAMP Manipulation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4344124/
CDC. What Are the Risk Factors for Skin Cancer?https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/risk_factors.htm
Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics.https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/
NCBI. Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging in Caucasian skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790843/
PubMed. Daily Use of a Facial Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Over One-Year Significantly Improves Clinical Evaluation of Photoaging. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27749441/
- Schwartz, E. “Collagen Alterations in Chronically Sun-Damaged Human Skin.” PubMed, Photochem Photobiol, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8310007. Accessed 15 Mar. 2021.
- Grabel, Arielle. “Photoaging: What You Need to Know About the Other Kind of Aging.” The Skin Cancer Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation, 10 Jan. 2019, www.skincancer.org/blog/photoaging-what-you-need-to-know
- NCBI. Shining Light on Skin Pigmentation: The Darker and the Brighter Side of Effects of UV Radiation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3400707/
EPA. Health Effects of UV Radiation. https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/health-effects-uv-radiation
PubMed. Effects of aging and chronic sun exposure on melanocytes in human skin. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/88488/
NCBI. The Role of Sunscreen in Melasma and Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6986132/
- Harvard. The science of sunscreen. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-science-of-sunscreen
Article Reviewed by Wendy Johnson
Vice President, Marketing
Wendy Johnson brings to Alastin Skincare over 22 years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and aesthetics industry experience in various sales, training, marketing and thought leader development roles.
After spending 10 years in gastroenterology at Tap Pharmaceuticals and Prometheus Laboratories, with sales and marketing oversight for in-line and pre-launch products, Mrs. Johnson transitioned to an aesthetic career at SkinMedica in 2004. While there, she was responsible for marketing one of the top 2 branded prescription hydroquinones, launching a leading branded low potency steroid, and oversight of the acne franchise line extensions.
In 2010, Wendy joined Merz North America where she developed and managed the Physician Relations department in support of injectable, topical and device business units under Medical Affairs, before transitioning into managing a Regional Aesthetics Marketing team.
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