Since we’ve all been little, the importance of wearing sunscreen has always been stressed to us but no one ever explains why investing in good sunscreen is so important. Well, it just so happens that our skin works very hard to protect our skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation and in order to protect our skin from these damaging UV rays, it is really important to be wearing sunscreen. It is likely, that even on a cloudy day, our skin is still susceptible to the sun’s UV rays, which after prolonged exposure can result in wrinkles, discolouration and then most importantly, types of skin cancer. 

The most important element of your skincare routine is to protect the integrity of your skin by applying sunscreen each morning before you step outside of your house on the way to work or school. It is even better that you consult your local Board-certified dermatologist in order to find the right sunscreen for your skin type and in accordance with the level of sensitivity of your skin. In case you notice any spots or changes to your skin texture, it is imperative that you change the sunscreen you’re using until you find something that benefits your skin. 

Apart from the major benefit of sunscreen, which is protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, you will also benefit from the reduced risk of sunburn. You can easily become sunburned by spending extended periods of time outside without sunscreen. Moreover, this avoidance of sunburn can also prevent the signs of ageing by reducing the damage to your elastin and collagen to your skin cells and thus reduce premature ageing. 

In case you have ever been out in the sun for so long and have come back home with painful redness and inflammation, which is especially challenging for anyone who has pre-existing issues with psoriasis or rosacea. Wearing sunscreen daily reduces inflammation and avoids long-term scarring and irritation. A light sunscreen with gentle ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is especially helpful in avoiding inflammation. 

So now that you are aware of the many benefits of using high-quality sunscreen, you need to get through the overwhelming process of choosing from the many different options. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the level of SPF, which will obviously depend on the kind of climate and the duration of your exposure. SPF 30 or higher will usually ensure that your skin is protected, even on a cloudy day. Remember to always reapply sunscreen after swimming and always choose a product with broader spectrum coverage.