Human skin is a remarkable organ that acts as a protective barrier against various environmental elements. But the skin is also sensitive, especially to the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunscreen plays a vital role in protecting against these harmful rays and helps prevent many skin problems from premature aging to skin cancer. In this article, we will learn about the importance of sunscreen based on the insights of WOW Skin Science’s sunscreen range and guide you on how to use it properly.
1. Understanding UV rays
Sunlight contains a variety of rays, of which UV rays pose serious health risks. Two types of UV rays reach the earth’s surface – UVA and UVB. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, and can travel through window panes. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and window glass blocks them. Both types can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
2. Sunscreen: The Protective Shield
Sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays. It contains organic and inorganic compounds that absorb, scatter or reflect UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin. At the same time, it mitigates the harmful effects of UV rays, such as sunburn, premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation and reduced resistance to infections.
3. Reducing the risk of skin cancer
Long-term and unprotected exposure to UV rays significantly increases the risk of skin cancer. By absorbing or reflecting UV radiation, sunscreen significantly reduces this risk. Regular and appropriate use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, such as WOW Skin Science UV Water Transparent Sunscreen SPF 30, is a simple but effective preventative measure.
4. Prevention of premature aging
Sun exposure is a major factor in premature aging of the skin. This can lead to wrinkles, fine lines and age spots – collectively known as photoaging. Sunscreen helps prevent these signs of aging by protecting the skin from harmful UVA rays. WOW Skin Science Matte Finish Sunscreen SPF 35 PA is an excellent choice for this purpose.
5. Supporting skin health
Sunscreen also helps maintain the overall health of the skin. Certain proteins in the skin, such as collagen, keratin and elastin, are protected by sunscreen. These proteins are necessary to keep the skin smooth and healthy. Continuous use of sunscreen products such as WOW Skin Science Sun Protection Matte Finish – SPF 55 PA ensures that these important proteins are not damaged.
6. How to apply sunscreen correctly
For sunscreen to be effective, it must be used correctly. It should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outside and again every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Don’t forget areas like the back of the neck, ears and legs. It is also important to use sunscreen even on cloudy days, as up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds.
In short, it can be stated that the importance of sunscreens to protect the skin from harmful UV rays cannot be overestimated. It is an important tool in our arsenal against premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and most importantly, skin cancer. Whether you’re hitting the beach or just having a relaxing day, don’t forget to arm yourself with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The WOW Skin Science range of sunscreens offers options for different skin types and needs, so the crucial step of sun protection is simple. So make sunscreen an indisputable part of your daily skin care routine and have healthier, happier skin under the sun!