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The Benefits of Daily Sunscreen Use
The Benefits of Daily Sunscreen Use: Protecting Your Skin Every Day

When it comes to protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, we often hear about avoiding peak hours and wearing protective clothing. However, one of the most essential and effective measures we can take is to use sunscreen regularly. Daily sunscreen application offers a multitude of benefits that go beyond just preventing sunburn. We will explore the importance of sunscreen and highlight key points to keep in mind for optimal protection.

1. Broad-Spectrum Protection:
A good sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection, shielding your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can accelerate skin aging, leading to wrinkles and age spots, while UVB rays can cause painful sunburn. By using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you can safeguard your skin against both types of harmful UV light.

2. Understanding SPF:
SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measure of how well sunscreen protects against UVB rays. It is crucial to note that SPF is not a linear scale. An SPF of 30, for instance, offers slightly more protection than SPF of 15 but not double the protection. Manufacturers determine SPF based on the time it takes for the skin to burn with and without sunscreen. Remember, instead of fixating on a specific SPF number, opt for a broad- or full-spectrum sunscreen for comprehensive protection.

3. Proper Application:
The effectiveness of sunscreen heavily relies on correct application. Applying a generous amount of sunscreen according to label directions is essential. One fluid ounce of sunscreen is typically sufficient for the face, neck, and the back of your hands. Ensure that you cover all exposed areas of your skin. To maintain adequate protection, reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently, especially after swimming or sweating.

4. Water Resistance:
While some sunscreens claim to be water resistant, it’s crucial to understand that no sunscreen is entirely waterproof. Sweating or swimming can cause sunscreen to come off, reducing its effectiveness. Therefore, it’s essential to reapply sunscreen after water activities to maintain optimal protection.

5. Year-Round Protection:
Many individuals mistakenly assume that sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days. However, even on cloudy, snowy, or rainy days, the sun’s rays can reflect off clouds, snow, or rain reaching your skin. Therefore, for the best results, it’s advisable to use sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather conditions.

6. Sunscreen and Cosmetics:
For individuals spending less time in the sun, incorporating a cosmetic product or moisturizer with sunscreen into their skincare routine may suffice. However, when planning to spend more time outdoors, it’s crucial to opt for a stronger sunscreen to ensure adequate protection.

Daily sunscreen use is a vital step in maintaining healthy, protected skin. By choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, applying it generously and frequently, and being aware of its limitations, you can shield your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Remember, protecting your skin should be a year-round commitment, as the sun’s rays can reach you even on cloudy or rainy days. Embrace sunscreen as an essential part of your daily skincare routine for optimal sun protection and healthier skin in the long run.

The Good Food Store has a variety of sunscreens available in the Health & Beauty Department. Here is a list of the broad-spectrum brands we carry:
  • Attitude Sunscreens (EWG Verified)
  • All Good Mineral Sunscreens
  • MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sunscreens
  • Badger Mineral Sunscreens
  • MadHippie Sunscreens
Additional resources for sunscreen information:

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