Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? One out of five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Just in case you need another reason to be wearing your sunscreen, here are four reasons you should wear SPF.
1 – SPF lowers your risk of developing skin cancer
Do we need to say more? The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.The good news is that if skin cancer is caught early, your dermatologist can treat it with little or no scarring and high odds of eliminating it entirely, which is why it’s important to get skin checks once a year. This is especially important if skin cancer runs in your family, you have lighter hair and skin, or you go outside in direct sunlight often.
2 – SPF prevents hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin caused by increased melanin production. Hyperpigmentation is common but can be lessened by habitual use of SPF. If you are currently experiencing hyperpigmentation, don’t stress! Keep using SPF to keep those spots at bay, book an IPL treatment, and pick up some products for hyperpigmentation at your local medical spa.
3 – SPF prevents premature aging
A study done in Australia found skin aging (coarser skin and wrinkling) was 24 percent less among those who wore sunscreen daily than those who only used sunscreen on a discretionary basis.
4 – SPF is for every skin type and color
Of course, certain people are more susceptible to skin cancer than others, namely those with red hair and fair skin, but even those with dark hair and skin need to be protecting themselves from the sun. Many skincare companies make SPF products that don’t feel like sunscreen. We recommend ZO’s Smart Tone SPF, which not only protects the skin from harmful UV rays but also has a smoothing effect to hide unevenness.
It’s important to wear SPF 30 or above every day and reapply every two hours, even if the sun isn’t shining or you’re inside most of the day. 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays pass through clouds, so even on overcast and rainy days, it’s imperative to wear SPF. UV rays also pass through glass, so even if you’re inside your house or running some quick errands, you should still be protecting your skin. Promise yourself today that you’ll wear SPF every day!