We tend to think that sunscreen is really only used in summer and solely to protect us from the sun however UVA and UVB rays are out in force all year round. Just because the clouds are here and the sky is grey, it doesn’t mean you’re safe from those damaging rays.
We should be reapplying our sunscreen according to the manufacturer’s directions which is often applying and reapplying every 2 to 3 hours of being outside. To clarify, driving in the car is still sun exposure as the UV rays will still penetrate through your car window. If you take a look at your skin, your driving side will generally show more visible signs of ageing than the left as it is directly exposed to the sun through your driver’s car window.
Sunscreen is so much more than just protecting us from burning. Sunscreen is protecting our skin cells from DNA damage. When a cell’s DNA is damaged, the cell stops functioning optimally which can lead to the production of an undesirable quality of skin that we then start to see on the surface in the form of wrinkles, sunspots and freckles.
As we age our collagen and elastin starts to break down more rapidly. Our collagen and elastin is what gives our skin its lift and bounce and youthful appearance. UV rays damage and destroy our collagen and elastin fibres, accelerating the breakdown of the skin cell’s life cycle. Sunscreen will help our skin to age slower by minimising the amount of damaging rays our skin is exposed to.