Sunscreen All 365 Days of the Year

Nicole Hayre, MD, FAAD
Nicole Hayre, MD, FAAD

Anti-aging starts with applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Every. Single. Day.

It isn’t a seasonal accessory for beach days.

Sunscreen is the number 1 product for preventing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun damage — and you should be using it every day, even if you’re not directly in the sun.

The sun emits UVA rays year-round — rainy days included! If you don’t think you need sunscreen when you’re spending the day indoors, consider this: some UV radiation has a sneaky way of penetrating windows and can cause skin damage even when you’re inside your home, car, or office. 

5 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen

The best thing you can do for your skin is apply sunscreen each morning and again throughout the day. Here are just a few benefits of wearing sunscreen daily:

Prevents premature aging

Our skin needs collagen to help maintain its structure and elasticity.

UV radiation damages collagen fibers in the skin. We can preserve skin firmness and prevent collagen breakdown by protecting our skin from UV-induced damage.

Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer

90% of skin cancers can be attributed to sun damage. 

Prolonged exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. You can lower the risk of developing these diseases by using a broad-spectrum SPF on a daily basis.

Prevents Hyperpigmentation

Sunscreen helps prevent the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone caused by sun exposure. By blocking the harmful effects of UV radiation, it helps maintain a more even and radiant complexion over time.

Maintains Skin Hydration

Some sunscreens contain hydrating ingredients that help keep the skin moisturized — and proper hydration means better skin health. By locking in moisture and preventing its loss, sunscreen contributes to a smoother, more youthful complexion.

Things to Look for in a Sunscreen

Broad Spectrum Protection

Opt for a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum”,  or one that includes Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide as active ingredients, so that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 

SPF Rating

Select a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The SPF indicates how much longer someone can be in the sun without burning as compared to without wearing the cream.  In theory, the higher the SPF, the longer you can avoid a burn outside!

Water Resistance

If you’ll be swimming or sweating, choose a water-resistant sunscreen. Water-resistant formulas adhere better to the skin and provide more extended protection, but they still need to be reapplied according to the product instructions.

Skin Type Compatibility

Consider your skin type when selecting a sunscreen. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, choose oil-free or non-comedogenic formulas to avoid clogging pores. If you have dry skin, look for moisturizing sunscreens with added hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin.

Texture and Finish

Sunscreens come in various textures, including lotions, creams, gels, sprays, and sticks. Choose a texture that feels comfortable on your skin and blends well. Some sunscreens have a matte finish, which is ideal for oily skin, while others provide a dewy or hydrating finish.

Non-Irritating Ingredients

If you have sensitive skin or allergies, opt for sunscreens with gentle, hypoallergenic formulas that are free from fragrances and other potential irritants. 

Sunscreen Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Make sure sunscreen is the last step in your morning skincare routine.
  • Apply sunscreen to your neck and chest, too. 
  • Look for sunscreens that include vitamins C and E. 
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming or using a towel.

About Cutocin’s Social Exchange Balancing Sunscreen

Cutocin’s sunscreen stands out more than just your typical daily sunscreen. Infused with a patented botanical component, it mimics the positive skin effects of Oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone.” This distinctive formula harnesses science and nature to enhance the skin’s own rejuvenation power.  In addition, it contains  zinc oxide, is SPF 40, and has a beautiful light tint.

A friendly reminder: Sun damage builds up over time, so even a little sun exposure here and there can add up. That’s why it’s a good idea to get into the habit of applying SPF every single day.

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