In the first two part of this series, I wrote about cleansing and moisturizing our skin. Part three is all about protecting our skin.
The last and some would say the most important part of skin care is skin protection. When most of us talk about skin protection, we typically think of sunscreen. but other types of protection are often forgotten. Think hats, gloves, pants and long sleeves, but it doesn’t stop there. Sunglasses, some lip balms, window shades, and filters are all forms of skin protection
It’s easy to tell if your skin is dirty, requiring a good washing or dry in need of some added moisture. We can see and feel that our skin needs some extra care. Unfortunately, most of the damage to the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is beneath the surface and happens so slowly that we don’t realize how much damage is being done.
Most people know that exposure to UV radiation can cause sun damage to the skin, including sunburn, photoaging, and increased risk of skin cancer. But did you know this damage also occurs when you walk from your house to your car or sit next to a window during the day? Even those little bits of exposure add up over the years and can cause wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.
There are several factors to consider when picking out a sunscreen:
- How sunscreens work
- Everyday sunscreen vs out-in-the-sun sunscreen
- Using a sunscreen alone vs sunscreen plus moisturizer
- Understanding the UV-index
- How to be safe in the sun
You’ve worked hard to take care of your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it. Don’t undo all those benefits by exposing it to UV radiation. Find a good broad-spectrum sunscreen and make its application a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth and bathing.