Using daily sunscreen is absolutely essential for protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Here are some reasons why sunscreen is essential:

Protection against UVB rays:

Sunburn occurs when the skin is overexposed to UVB rays. Sunscreen with a sufficient sun protection factor (SPF of 30 or higher) helps to prevent sunburn by absorbing or reflecting the UVB radiation. Sunburn can be painful and extremely damaging to the skin, and frequent sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Protection against UVA rays:

UVA rays can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays and are present throughout the year, even on cloudy days. UVA rays breakdown collagen, causing long-term skin damage that includes wrinkles and skin discoloration. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays, providing comprehensive protection.

Reduced risk of skin cancer:

Prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV radiation is a significant risk factor for skin cancer, including both melanoma and non-melanoma types. Regular use of sunscreen, along with other sun protection measures, can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

Prevention of premature aging:

Research suggests that chronic sun exposure is responsible for 90% of visible signs of aging. The sun’s UV rays can accelerate the aging process of the skin, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, age spots, uneven skin texture, and loss of skin elasticity. By using broad-spectrum SPF daily, we can help protect our skin from these signs of premature aging caused by sun damage.

Maintenance of overall skin health:

Sunscreen not only protects against the harmful effects of the sun but also helps maintain the overall health of our skin. By shielding our skin from UV radiation, sunscreen helps to preserve its moisture, prevent dryness, and reduce the risk of certain skin conditions.

At Lara, we carry a range of medical-grade, broad-spectrum sunscreens suitable for all skin types.

It’s important to note that sunscreen should be used in combination with other sun protection measures, such as seeking shade during peak sun hours, wearing a hat and protective clothing, and using sunglasses to further protect the eyes from UV radiation.

Medically reviewed by Leslie A. Reap, PA-C / Kalli K. Rohleder, RN, BSN