When it comes to anti-aging, we like to think that a heavy amount of Botox, lots of hydration, and crazy expensive skin moisturizers are going to do the trick. No one wants to watch their skin age before their very eyes, which is why the anti-aging industry is so expansive and lucrative today.
However, you don’t need to search all over the planet for a special serum that might do the trick. You can actually prevent aging, right now, by making a commitment to sunscreen. But, not just any sunscreen: physical sunscreen that relies on minerals and nutrients as opposed to chemical reactions. Keeping those UV rays out of your delicate cells will keep them happier and fuller for longer.
Why go on the skincare offensive when you can already be on the defensive? Here are a few reasons why sunscreen is the most important anti-aging trick in the book:
Did you know that a recent study officially proved sunscreen prevents skin aging through the protection of UV rays? That’s right, when those UVA and UVB rays hit your cells, they cause wrinkling, spotting, and loss of elasticity as they burn through the integrity and biological makeup of the cell structure. In the study, more than 900 participants were studied for 4-years, using sunscreen daily to protect the skin against sunrays. Using microtopography, skin results were measured for the skin surface patterns. The study found that those using sunscreen were protected from deep skin damage, especially the fibers and collagen. Those that went without the sunscreen received deeper damage, associated with severe aging. It was calculated that those using sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased signs of aging and wrinkling in the coming years.
TIP #1: Not all sunscreens are created equal. Chemical sunscreens only protect against UVA rays. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, protect against UVA and UVB rays, providing an entire protective layering that can’t be altered. It is unsure which kind of sunscreen was used in this study. If possible, always choose the physical sunscreen option for total coverage.
Now that you know how harmful UV rays can be, it’s important to know the planet’s natural protective layering, the ozone layer, is also withering away. This invisible shield of gases in our atmosphere helps filter out the sunrays that cause skin cancer and other problems. As we release more toxins, chemicals, and CO2 emissions into the air, we are wearing away at the ozone layer and its buffering potential. Due to this depletion, UV rays are stronger than ever before, which means it’s imperative that you take the time to lather sunscreen on your skin. If you leave it unprotected in the face of today’s rays, you’ll experience expedited skin aging that has been unprecedented until now.
Everyone wants to have younger, healthier looking skin. If you are still in an age range where you have not started developing fine lines and wrinkles, using sunscreen is guaranteed to ward off aging signs in the years to come. Even if you feel like it’s too late, it’s never too late to start fighting off future potential wrinkles. Studies have confirmed that people below the age of 55 who use sunscreen have a 24% less chance of developing classic aging signs than non-sunscreen, or even occasional sunscreen, users. It’s an effective and non-invasive way to be proactive today.
If not for the purpose of aging or fine lines, consider sunscreen as a cancer protective agent. Sun exposure has been directly linked to the development of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that can be deadly. Melanoma can be diagnosed in individuals as young as in their 20s from overexposure to UV rays and tanning beds. Therefore, sunscreen becomes more than just an anti-aging tool – it becomes a life-saving one.
TIP #2: Use self-tanners and bronzer creams to give yourself a natural glow instead of going to a tanning salon. Making a habit out of tanning can be deadly for you and your skin.
Did you know that each time you burn your skin… you weaken it? Although it might peel, the skin beneath it is now weaker than the layer before it. The weaker your skin, the more susceptible it is to bruising, cellulite, and other kinds of skin deformities that give away your age. If you want your skin to maintain its integrity and strength throughout the years, keep it away from the sunburns. Chemical-free sunscreen is an easy way to make that happen – plus, it prevents the pain that comes with sunburn. Who likes to feel burnt?
Natural Skincare Protection
Your skin is an incredible organ, full of collagen, keratin, and elastin that work together to give it a natural strength and glow all on its own. When these essential nutrients are burned out of your body, your skin loses its ability to stretch, tighten, and radiate all on its own. When it loses its natural hydrating abilities, it starts to dry out and whither, creating the appearance of wrinkles. That’s why you want to consider anti-aging sunscreen, which starts with our all natural physical sunscreen solution.
You might have noticed that as the world around us gets more advanced, air pollution increases as well. This brings us to the questions – how does air pollution affect your skin and how do you counter it?