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Benefits of Wearing Sunscreen

We're all well aware that the sun is great for our health. It provides us with good-for-you vitamin D, makes us happy and gives us that healthy glow. However, we also know that too much sun can be damaging to our skin and lead to conditions such as skin cancer and premature aging.

Luckily, it's all too easy to protect your skin from these dangers by simply using sunscreen. This post discusses the benefits of wearing sunscreen so you can make an informed decision about protecting yourself and keeping your skin in tip-top condition!

The Benefits

Sunscreen can protect you whether you are sunning on the beach in Costa Rica or having a beverage by a window that's letting in the sun's warming rays. It's just that good! The obvious benefit to wearing it is to protect from sunburn—but here's a snapshot of some of the other main benefits of sunscreen you may not know about:

  • Reduces Signs of Aging
  • Prevents Wrinkles and Keep Skin Looking Young
  • Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer
  • Limits Sunspots and Hyperpigmentation 

Reduces Signs of Aging

No one said they wanted to prematurely age—ever! Meanwhile, you may not have guessed that going out in the sun without protection can harm the connective tissues and collagen of your skin.

Unfortunately, it does. And this often leads to a loss of elasticity in your skin—one of the main causes of droopy skin and wrinkles. Buddying up to sunscreen helps you reduce signs of aging, giving you a youthful appearance that you will be sure to love for years to come.

Prevents Wrinkles and Keeps Skin Looking Young

We know that wrinkles and crow's feet are a huge bummer, but they are also extremely common as we age. Alarmingly, roughly 90 percent of the visible signs of premature aging are caused by the sun’s damaging rays.

Prolonged exposure to UV rays causes a phenomenon that is known as photoaging. It causes the skin to prematurely age, resulting in collagen and skin elasticity loss.

However, using sunscreen every day reduces the number of wrinkles you will have on your face and improves your skin's elasticity.

Reduces Skin Cancer Risk

Did you know that only 15 minutes in the sun can damage your skin? It’s true. This is why it's so important to use sunscreen every day! Skin cancer is one scary disease and it's not something anyone wants to experience or deal with.

Sunscreen works to shield your skin, reducing the risk of developing certain types of skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions. Also, applying SPF simultaneously with other sun protection actions,  such as wearing sunglasses and dark clothing, cuts down the risks associated with sun exposure.

By using a high SPF formula, you are helping prevent any dangerous effects from excessive tanning or burning—especially if you have sensitive skin.

Limits Sunspots and Hyperpigmentation

Sunspots are the bane of everyone's existence—so to speak! They're also caused by sun exposure, which means sunscreen is effective at preventing them from occurring in the first place or getting worse.

These unsightly blemishes often make their less than charming debut on your face, but you can also get them on your neck, hands, forearms—and even your legs and feet! So make sure to apply broad sunscreen with an SPF 50 to all of your exposed areas to reduce the risk of sunspots.

Dodges Broken Blood Vessels

Did you know that broken blood vessels on your face can be an issue if exposed to strong light? This is another reason why sunscreen is very important. Nobody wants unsightly red and purple spots all over their skin.

It's not just about looking good, either— wearing sunscreen makes sure that you don't have to deal with broken blood vessels on your face.

Likewise, dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen to reduce the bumps, dry skin and spider veins that accompany rosacea flare-ups that are caused by the sun.

For the best protection, apply sunscreen to your face every day before stepping outside, even on days that are overcast or cloudy.

Sunscreen is Critical for Fair-Skinned People

Even if you are a fair-skinned person, it's essential that you wear sunscreen daily. Even though many people think that wearing sunscreen isn't necessary because they burn easily or have extremely light skin, this simply isn't true.

Sunscreen is necessary for everyone of all skin types and complexions, especially if you're spending a significant amount of time in the sun. However, it's especially important to wear sunscreen when you are at the beach or playing sports because this increases your risk of serious injury.

What Sunscreen to Use?

When you use mineral sunscreens, you avoid the chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive toxicity contained in chemical absorber sunscreens.

So when you are shopping for sunscreens, look at the ingredients list first—it should say the maker uses 100 percent mineral active ingredients on the label. For example, naturally occurring compounds Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide are good because they are the only FDA-approved mineral sunscreen ingredients.

Also, formulas with a high SPF protect and hydrate skin of all ages, types and tones from the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays. Lastly, the best sun protection products are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

The Best Sunscreen for All Ages

If you're not sure what to use but want protection from the sun's harmful rays, our dermatologists suggest using our broad-spectrum sunscreen with the skin-protecting strength of SPF 50. Also, make sure to reapply our sunscreen every 80 minutes and even more often if you're swimming or sweating profusely.

Try Project Sunscreen Today

Don't let your fun in the sun be spoiled by worrying about sunburn and other sun-related downers. In fact, all that worrying will probably give you those wrinkles that we've talked about preventing! Project Sunscreen is organic, contains no harmful chemicals and provides broad-spectrum protection.

It also goes to work immediately, protecting you from the sun while allowing your skin to breathe. For all ages and complexions, 100 percent mineral Project Sunscreen is our sunscreen of choice. Trust us when we say that it feels like wearing nothing at all but offers superior protection for even sensitive skin types. Therefore, whether you’re 1 or 100, Project Sunscreen is for you! 

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