From beauty influencers to expert dermatologists, many skincare enthusiasts recommend making sunscreen part of your daily skincare routine. It may seem unnecessary to slather on the SPF even on cloudy days, but based on the science, they’ve got the right idea.
The sun emits harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage the skin and cause sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Up to 90% of UV rays are able to pass through clouds, so wearing sunscreen helps to protect the skin from any damage they may cause.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer among adults in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and rates are continuing to rise. While most cases occur in individuals over 50, it’s important to start using sunscreen for protection and prevention as early as possible.
As well as reducing the risk of skin cancer, wearing sunscreen can also help to keep skin looking healthy and youthful by providing moisture.
If you’re staying in the house all day, you’re probably fine to go without, but otherwise, the risks of not wearing sunscreen far outweigh any potential benefits of skipping it. When choosing a sunscreen, look for one with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every two hours if you’re swimming or spending time outdoors—your skin will thank you for it!