At the offices of Dr. Steven Jepson, we’re all about providing you with the highest quality skin care. From our Radiant Skin package to numerous laser treatments, our medical spa and staff are here to provide you with the best care available.
For all the various creams, moisturizers and balms you may use on your skin to keep it healthy and youthful, one extremely popular product can have a much larger long-term impact than all of them combined: Sunscreen. Sunscreens block UV rays from creating several issues that can have major long-term effects on the skin, and also help prevent more immediate issues as well. Here’s why sunscreen is so important to your skin care routine.
Long-Term Skin Impact
The single most common source of skin problems out there is overexposure to UV light, and this is what sunscreen helps combat. Sun damage is by far the most frequent cause of this overexposure, making it the primary environmental factor involved in skin aging. In the most general sense, using sunscreen means protecting your skin from the single largest risk facing it on a daily basis.
UV rays are known to cause premature aging and several other skin issues, namely cancers that are often life-threatening. But here’s a complicating factor: In nearly all cases, these long-term effects are not visible in the immediate sense. Most of us don’t want to believe we’re potentially taking years off our lives, so we underestimate the amount of damage our sun exposure does to the skin over time.
Here’s one way to visualize this that works for most people: Compare the skin on the inside of your arms with the skin on the outside, or the part exposed to the sun more often. Notice how different it is? This is the effect of years of sun exposure, and it will only grow as the years wear on. Sunscreen is the primary tool you have on your side to fight against this kind of dangerous exposure.
Short-Term and Appearance Issues
Sunscreen has immediate benefits as well, particularly in avoiding general pain and embarrassment. Sunburns can be quite discomforting, especially severe ones, which might also be associated with dizziness or fatigue. The worst sunburns are considered medical emergencies, in fact, but they can be prevented by diligent sunscreen application.
So can red or peeling skin, which are common after-effects of sunburns. Others include photo-aging, broken blood vessels, skin roughness and sun spots, many of which can affect your appearance and self-esteem.
What to Look For
There are a few important factors to look for when selecting the best sunscreen for your skin:
SPF: Always choose an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF speaks to how long you can be exposed in the sun without getting burned.
Spectrum: You should only wear sunscreen that has broad spectrum labels on it, meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF only measures protection from UVB, so even the highest-SPF sunscreen that isn’t broad spectrum won’t fully protect you.
Comfort: Choose a sunscreen you’re comfortable with, both in terms of wearing and purchasing regularly. This will make you more likely to use it regularly.
For more on why sunscreen is so important for skin care, or to learn about any of our med spa services, speak to the pros at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.