Did you know that sun damage is the number one cause of prematurely ageing skin? That’s why sunscreen is so important to wear when heading out into the sunshine, not just for the sake of preventing wrinkles and age spots, but, of course, for protecting yourself against skin cancer as well. To learn more about the importance of sunscreen and why it’s so necessary, read on.

Prevents Wrinkles

The skin that’s directly around your eyelids is very thin and delicate in comparison to the rest of your face and body.  And when exposed to UV light, this area is very prone to wrinkling. Sunscreen is the best and most effective way to combat the effects of the sun on your face and in particular, around these sensitive areas.

Reduces Broken Capillaries

Did you know that excessive sun exposure can lead to the eruption of red spider veins on your face? The sun’s rays can damage the tiny blood vessels that in your face and cause them to stay dilated. This can result in broken capillaries around your chin, cheeks, and nose. The best way to prevent them from forming is by using a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin when outdoors.

Protects Skin Proteins

The proteins in your skin help to keep it looking smooth and healthy. That’s why you need to protect the keratin, elastin and collagen in your skin with sunblock that has titanium oxide in it.

Prevents Against Sunspots

Too much exposure to the sun can result in the appearance of flat brown or black coloured spots on your face, called sunspots. These can appear at any age and are quite difficult to get rid of. If you find a sunspot, you should visit your skin specialist for treatment. In the meantime, they can be prevented and controlled by simply limiting your exposure to the sun and wearing a full spectrum sunscreen.

Slows Down Premature Aging

Ever notice that those who love lounging in the sun tend to wrinkle faster than those who don’t? Applying sunscreen every time you head outside can help keep your skin looking radiant and youthful. The ingredients help to block out the harmful UV rays that cause fine lines to develop more rapidly.

Minimizes Risk Of Skin Cancer

You can help to minimize your risk of developing skin cancer by protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to the development of skin cancer, especially melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. For the most protection, use a high factor sunscreen of at least factor (SPF) 30 liberally and frequently reapply at least every two hours.

We can’t stress enough about the importance of sunscreen for protecting your skin. It can save your life and help your skin look more youthful. So whenever you’re in the sun, we recommend that you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to help protect your skin against harmful radiation to ensure your skin stays looking healthy and vibrant into the future. And, if your skin has already sustained damage as a result of too much sun exposure, reach out to us at The Ottawa Skin Clinic. We have a wide range of skin treatments that can help repair your skin. Contact us today.