Sunscreen: Your #1 Tool for Anti-Aging
People don’t want to age. Can you blame them?
The anti-aging market is a rapidly growing industry and is expected to reach USD $216.52 billion globally by 2021 - whew!
Needless to say, navigating your options for youth-preserving products can be seriously overwhelming. And between the creams, serums, treatments, supplements, masks, accessories and more, you can wind up spending a considerable amount of cash figuring out what works.
I’m here to tell you you can skip the guessing games, skip wasting your money, in fact skip the “Anti-Aging” aisle all together because this simple, affordable, and science-backed product isn’t typically marketed as “anti-aging” at all.
It’s sunscreen: possibly the easiest, cheapest thing you can do to protect your skin from early signs of aging, and most certainly more serious concerns like skin cancer.
I’m not here to lecture you about the big C, but I can’t neglect it all together. All I have to say on that issue is this:
It’s a very real concern
No societally-imposed, overrated beauty standard is worth your health
Now back to preserving our youthful glow:
Fine lines, saggy skin, and hyper-pigmentation are all proven results of sun damage. Sunscreen helps to prevent sun damage. Therefore, we can conclude that sunscreen will help to prevent fine lines, saggy skin, and hyper-pigmentation - amazing!
Lol but really, it’s not rocket science, so it’s no question that sunscreen is an essential product to add to your skincare regimen.
While long-term usage is ultimately what’s going to give you the best results, don’t give up if you’ve historically been slacking on the screen. This study found that participants who added a moisturizer with SPF 30 once daily to their skincare routine saw significant improvements to already damaged skin in areas including sun spots, skin texture and clarity.
The theory behind this “reverse aging” process is that by having the added protection of sunscreen, your skin has the opportunity to heal and regenerate, rather than continuously combatting against more and more accumulated damage.
How to buy & apply
The signs of sun-induced aging such as wrinkles, discoloration, and uneven texture are all direct causes of UVA rays, so make sure you’re using a broad spectrum SPF, which tackles both UVA and UVB.
As with any skincare regimen, consistency is key, which is why applying sunscreen to your face everyday year round (winter months and cloudy skies are no exceptions!) is so important.
Applying sunscreen is the top layer in my overall morning skincare routine (I apply a generous amount directly on top of my face oil). My favorite face sunscreen to date is the MyChelle® dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28. This mineral sunscreen is environmentally safe, fragrance free, and offers full spectrum UVA/UVB defense. It also doesn’t irritate my blemish-prone skin (#blessed), doesn’t leave a white coating on my face, and doubles as a primer for my makeup – win, win and win!
Applying sunscreen once daily is a good routine for lower sun-exposure activities such as driving, working in an office building, grocery shopping, etc. But if you’re outside for an extended period of time, especially if you’re swimming or being active, be sure to apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day.
I always love to hear recommendations on your favorite products! If you’ve found a sunscreen product that you love, share it with me in the comments below!
Please note: This post is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with MyChelle® dermaceuticals. I am not a dermatologist, aesthetician, or doctor of any kind. What works for me may not work for you. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Until next time!