Sunscreen 101: Why It's Important to Protect Yourself All Year Long

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Sunscreen 101: Why It’s Important to Protect Yourself All Year Long

Picking up a new sunscreen to wear on that glorious resort vacation? That’s a right priority, but sun protection is not just for a day on the beach! Sunscreen is in fact one of the most essential skin products we should be using on a daily basis. Let’s take a closer look at all things sunscreen with skin specialist New York Skin Solutions and why it’s an important part of your skincare arsenal:

Sunscreen Basics

Sunscreen is applied on the skin to protect from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The active ingredients in sunscreen work to absorb, scatter, or reflect these UV rays. Sunscreen is a vital part of staying safe in the sun, and it can help to prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of UV exposure. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are longer and can penetrate deep into the skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays are shorter and cause sunburn. Both types of UV rays can contribute to skin cancer. 

To combat the effects of UV rays, sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or higher is recommended for everyday use. If you’re spending more time outdoors, a higher SPF is beneficial. Apply sunscreen liberally and evenly, and reapply it every two hours or as directed on the product label. Sunscreen should be used year-round, and both adults and children should take precautions to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Types of Sunscreen

Sunscreens are available in two main types: chemical and mineral. Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and shield it physically while chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays through a chemical reaction. While both have their pros and cons, mineral sunscreens are a sound choice to start with. There are a myriad of different sunscreen product options in the market these days so take your pick from lotions, sprays, gels, foams, sticks and other formulas. Choose a sunscreen that works well for your skin and routine so that it’s easier for you to keep using it daily.

Protection from Sun Damage

Taking every precaution to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful days can help in the long run to prevent sun spots, wrinkles and premature aging from damaged collagen and connective tissue in your skin. Beyond skin deep damage, prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays can also be harmful to your eyes, immune system and even lead to cancer.

We often see recommendations to wear sunscreen when we’re outdoors, especially in direct sun exposure. But did you know that to achieve maximum sun damage protection, sunscreen should also be worn indoors, when you’re near windows and on cloudy days? This applies to those with a darker, more pigmented skin tone as well. You may not get burnt as easily if you’re darker skin toned, but you’re still susceptible to all the side effects of sun damage. 

Choosing The Right Sun Care for You

Since the impact of sun damage is serious, sunscreen and sun protection should be a top priority in our self-care. Regardless of the weather, your skin tone, or whether you’re indoors, sunscreen is something to incorporate daily. Start with a minimum of SPF 30 but ideally you should aim for higher, especially if spending more time in direct sun exposure.

Consider experimenting with different types of sunscreen products to see which ones suit you best. Given Singapore’s sunny weather and humidity, you may even find that the best sunscreen for your face and body differs. This is especially pertinent if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne

For worry-free guidance to choosing the right sunscreen, you can always turn to New York Skin Solutions. We are committed to providing the advice you need and are dedicated to helping you achieve your best skin. Our range of products such as the UV Care Cream and Tinted Day Cream with SPF 30 are designed with sun protection in mind. Worried about pigmentation from sun exposure? Our popular pigmentation treatment in Singapore has helped many lighten their dark spots and brighten their skin tone with multi-focused solutions.

Get in touch with our friendly consultants to make an appointment and start protecting your skin today!