Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but it really should be a year-round measure. Always wear sunscreen, no matter your skin colour or tone. Chemists invented the first commercial sunscreen in 1936, and it has been improved upon ever since. Modern sunscreens are water resistant, and are included in many cosmetics and beauty products, such as primers, foundations, serums, and creams.
Why You Should Always Wear Sunscreen, Even on Cloudy Days
Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, so if you assume it’s OK to forgo protection on an overcast day, think again.
Always wear sunscreen:
- It Protects Your Skin from UV Rays: The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn and unwanted skin darkening.
- It Prevents Premature Ageing of the Skin: Sun damage from UV rays causes aging of the skin, which is characterised by a thick, leathery look; discolouration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of ageing than those who don’t.
- It Helps Maintain an Even Skin Tone: Sunscreen helps prevent discolouration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.