Daily Skincare 101: Benefits of Sunscreen

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You’ve heard that you should be wearing sunscreen every single day, but do you know why? In this guide, we’ll explore six must-know benefits of sunscreen and explain why anti-aging sunscreen must be part of your morning 3-step skincare routine no matter what.

Sunscreen lowers your risk of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but that doesn’t mean that it’s inevitable. In fact, wearing sunscreen every day has been shown to protect the skin against harmful UV rays and to reduce the wearer’s risk of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen every day can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent. Higher SPF ratings provide even more protection, further lowering your risk of skin cancer.

Sunscreen helps to prevent sunburn.

While cumulative UV damage to the skin can often go unseen for years, too much exposure to the sun at once usually results in a painful, unattractive sunburn that turns your whole face red. Wearing sunscreen and reapplying it will help to protect your skin from an unsightly sunburn and the painful side effects. Be sure to follow other sun protection best practices, including wearing sunglasses, covering up exposed skin with UPF clothing, avoiding the sun during the middle of the day, and staying in the shade whenever possible.

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Sunscreen protects against premature aging.

Everyone develops fine lines and wrinkles eventually due to breakdown in the collagen and elastin in their skin as they age. However, cumulative damage from UV rays can greatly hasten this process, leading to premature signs of aging. Wearing long-lasting sunscreen every day — even if it’s cloudy or you’re sitting indoors — will help to protect against this cumulative damage and to guard against signs of premature aging. For the most anti-aging protection, apply the sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your neck and chest, as opposed to just your face. It’s never too late to start protecting against signs of premature aging by wearing sunscreen.

Sunscreen reduces inflammation and redness.

If you’ve been struggling with rosacea, inflammation, or red patches on your skin, not wearing sunscreen might be contributing to the problem. That’s because sun exposure can cause or worsen redness even if you don’t officially get sunburned. Sun exposure can also exacerbate inflammation from cuts, acne lesions, and other skin conditions. Wearing sunscreen helps to protect against the sun and prevent it from worsening these conditions. If you’re struggling with a lot of redness and inflammation, be sure to also wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

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Sunscreen helps to prevent hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation refers to darker patches of skin caused by excess melanin production. This can take the form of melasma, sun sports, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and all of them are worsened by exposure to UV rays. Wearing a daily sunscreen will help to prevent existing hyperpigmentation from getting worse as well as reduce the chances that new hyperpigmentation spots will form. Wearing sunscreen may also help existing hyperpigmentation to fade faster than it would otherwise. This is because sun exposure stimulates melanin production in the skin, which contributes to the formation of hyperpigmentation.

Sunscreen can act as a cosmetic product.

Unlike makeup, the primary benefit of sunscreen should never be cosmetics—and, no, makeup that includes an SPF rating will not offer enough protection on its own. However, thanks to advances in formulations, some sunscreens now offer some minor cosmetic benefits that enhance the appearance of your skin in addition to protecting against sun damage. For instance, tinted sunscreens help to even out your skin tone, while silicone-based sunscreens help to blur the appearance of large pores and act as a primer for foundation. This means that wearing sunscreen can help you look good immediately as well as in the future.

You won’t realize all the benefits of sunscreens if you don’t find a formulation that you’re willing to wear every single day. At Lancer Skincare, we offer several different highly wearable anti-aging sunscreen formulations that you will look forward to wearing every day. Like all Lancer Skincare products, our sunscreens come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and ship free within the U.S., no order minimum needed. Order today to start protecting your skin from the sun!