How To Prevent Premature Aging!
Every week we see new skin care trends, products, and ingredients on social media. We use lasers, chemical peels, botox, dermal fillers, etc. to reverse the signs of aging and treat our concerns. But focusing on preventative skin care from an early age can keep your skin healthy and save you a lot of money on treatments later in life.
It can be intimidating trying to figure out where to start when building up your perfect skincare regimen. But what if we told you that there is one skin care product that can slow all signs of premature aging in our skin - fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, age spots, loss of firmness and sagging skin. Incorporating this one product into your daily routine not only keeps you looking younger, but also prevents potentially deadly skin diseases.
So, what’s this amazing preventative product we’re raving about? A broad-spectrum sunscreen! We recommend using a product with sun protection every single morning. This is because the UV rays found in sunlight are the number one cause of skin cancer and premature aging to our skin. By blocking these harmful rays with a daily sunscreen, you are preventing them from damaging the DNA in your skin cells. This one simple step will help keep your skin healthy and looking years younger! Keep reading to learn more about UV rays and tips for using daily sun protection.
There are 3 main types of UV rays:
UVA rays may have the least amount of energy but make up the majority of what reaches us on the ground. These rays are mostly linked to what causes signs of aging in our skin by indirectly damaging DNA in our cells.
UVB rays have a little more energy and only make up a small portion of what reaches us. However, these rays can directly damage the DNA on our cells and are the main reason you get a sunburn. This makes them the type that is mostly responsible for causing skin cancer.
UVC rays have the most amount of energy but are thankfully blocked by our ozone and do not reach us. Unfortunately, they can still affect us from man-made sources such as older tanning beds, certain welding torches, mercury lamps, and UV sanitizing bulbs.
- If you don’t want to add in another step to your routine, opt for a 2-in-1 sunscreen and moisturizer. Check out our favorites, Hydrate+ and Peptide Rich Defense!
- Get in the habit of applying sunscreen every single day. UV rays can still reach you in the wintertime and when it’s cloudy outside.
- Leave a bottle of sunscreen in your car to apply when driving long distances to help prevent age spots on your hands and arms
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen (and your other products) to your neck and décolleté too!
- Avoid tanning beds and laying out in the sun for long periods of time. When your skin tans, it means your body is producing melanin to protect itself against the damaging UV rays. This means any tanning from the sun or tanning bed exposure is a sign your skin is being damaged! So stick to sprays, oils, or lotions to achieve that glow.