Did you remember to put on sunscreen this morning before leaving the house? If not, you’re missing the most vital step in your skin care regimen! Sunscreen application not only protects your skin’s health, but also helps you maintain its long-term beauty. In honor of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to share three of the top reasons to make SPF an integral part of your daily routine:
It reduces your risk of skin cancer.
Using sunscreen every day, no matter the cloud coverage, is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with statistics showing one in five Americans will develop the disease by the age of 70. To lower your risk, make sure you’re protected with the right sunscreen. A broad-spectrum formulation with a minimum SPF of 30 should do the trick. And when you’re outdoors for a long period of time, reapply at least every two hours. Not sure which sunscreen is best for you? Visit our online store, Atagi Skin, or schedule a consultation with our skin care experts to choose from a range of medical-grade products.
Looking for other ways to reduce your risk of sun cancer? Next time you’re outside, cover up with long sleeves, a hat and/or sunglasses. Stick to the shade for further protection especially during peak sun hours. And last but certainly not least, schedule annual full-body skin exams with your health care provider and be on the lookout for any warning signs of skin cancer, such as unusual changes to moles or other spots. Remember, early detection saves lives.
It helps slow the aging process.
Want to know the #1 contributor to skin aging? It’s not time — it’s sun exposure. Meaning, when you don’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, you’re speeding up the process, leading to common signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tone. As it turns out, you have more control than you think when it comes to the aging process of your skin. So, if you want to age gracefully, the time to start slathering on daily SPF is now!
It enhances the look of your skin.
Not only are you preventing sunburns and reducing your risk for cancer, but when you apply sunscreen daily, you’re also improving the appearance of your skin. A groundbreaking study published in Dermatologic Surgery found that over a one-year period, daily sunscreen use not only prevented signs of skin aging, but it also reversed common signs, including fine lines and wrinkles and skin tone and texture, enhancing the look of participants’ skin. Amazing, right? If you were not already thinking about stepping up your sunscreen game, you sure are now!
The health and beauty of your skin is so important to us. We hope SPF will become a key step in your skin care routine, today and every day! To learn more, please give us a call today at 303.327.7300 or request a consultation online.