Daily Sunscreen: 4 Reasons You Need Everyday Sun Protection
Most people think of lathering up with sunscreen as a routine reserved for summertime and beach trips. The truth is sun protection should be a year-round habit that includes daily sunscreen!
Why do you need to wear sunscreen every day? There are several important reasons, and in this article, we’ll let you in on them.
But before we get to why daily sunscreen is vital, let’s review the two ways the sun damages your skin.
How Sun Damages Your Skin
Whether you’re spending a day basking in the sun or running errands, sun exposure can have both short-term and long-term effects on your skin.
Most people know about (and have experienced!) the short-term effects of too much sun exposure: a red, painful sunburn.
A mild sunburn will be uncomfortable, but a more severe sunburn can include swelling and blisters.
Year after year of unprotected sun exposure has two main long-term effects.
First of all, premature aging. Too much sun can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots showing up before they should! Secondly, and the most worrisome, cumulative sun exposure leaves you at risk for skin cancer.
No one wants sunburn, premature aging, or skin cancer, that’s for sure! And only applying sunscreen during the dog days of summer is not enough to protect your skin.
Armoring up against the unwanted effects of sun damage involves (you guessed it) wearing sunscreen on the reg. Here are four reasons why daily sunscreen is a must.
4 Reasons For Daily Sunscreen
1) Ultraviolet Rays Are Present All Year
The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are what tan, burn, and damage your skin. And the sun emits UV rays all year round!
This is one of the reasons that daily sunscreen is essential. You need protection from the sun any time you’re outside — every day and all year — not just on your beach trip.
With that being said, it’s true that ultraviolet rays are stronger during certain seasons and times of the day.
The American Cancer Society says, “UV rays are stronger during spring and summer months. This is less of a factor near the equator.” The rays are also stronger during the middle of the day, somewhere between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
To find out when the rays are the strongest and present the most danger, check your local weather forecast for the UV Index.
This number will tell you how strong the UV rays are at a given point in the day so you can plan your activities (and your sun protection) accordingly.
While you should put extra thought into sun protection during the summer months and the middle of the day, UV rays are shining down all year long. Daily sunscreen, in the long run, will protect your skin!
2) The Clouds Won’t Protect You
Ah, sweet relief! The shade of the clouds feels good on a hot, sunny day. But keep in mind that the clouds don’t necessarily protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
The American Cancer Society notes, “The effect of clouds can vary, but what’s important to know is that UV rays can get through to the ground, even on a cloudy day.”
This is another reason why daily sunscreen is your best friend. Even if you don’t feel like your skin is getting toasty on an overcast day, it can still be damaged by the sun.
3) UVA Rays Can Go Through Glass
Another reason you should wear daily sunscreen is that you can still be exposed to the damaging rays of the sun even when you’re in your house or car. Say what? Let us explain.
The sun gives off three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. Here on planet earth, we only have to deal with the first two since UVC rays don’t make it past the ozone layer.
Are you protected from UVA and UVB rays if you’re inside the house or in your car? Yes and no.
The Skin Cancer Foundation tells us, “While glass blocks UVB rays pretty well, it doesn’t block UVA rays. Windshields are treated to shield drivers from some UVA, but side, back, and sunroof windows usually aren’t.”
That means if you’re sitting by the window in your living room, in the car, or on a bus, plane, or train, UVA rays are finding their way to your skin. Meaning you should use skin protection.
Ahem, did someone say daily sunscreen?
4) Sun Damage Doesn’t Only Happen When You Burn
Those who have naturally dark skin may be tempted to skimp on sunscreen or not apply it every day since they don’t burn easily.
If that’s you, you should know that your skin can still be damaged by the sun even if you don’t feel the sting of a red sunburn!
Severe sunburn is, of course, damaging to your skin. But so is continuous, unprotected sun exposure without burning. The effect over time can add up.
As time goes by, sun damage will show up as wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots. And, as we mentioned, unprotected exposure also leaves you susceptible to skin cancer.
Getting in the habit of applying sunscreen daily will protect your skin from cumulative sun damage.
What To Look For In A Daily Sunscreen
Now that you understand the importance of applying sunscreen every day, you might want to head to your nearest store and stock up on some sun protection.
But before you go grabbing any sunscreen, it’s important to know that they aren’t all created equal. So how do you choose the right one for you and your family?
Let’s take a look!
1) Pay Attention To The Active Ingredients
There are two types of sunscreens — mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. As you might have guessed, the ingredients in each differ significantly.
In chemical sunscreen, some of the active ingredients are oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone.
Chemical sunscreen might protect you from the harmful rays of the sun, but that comes at a cost for both you and the environment!
For you — the chemicals in the sunscreen can penetrate your skin and eventually enter your bloodstream.
For the environment — if you’re at the beach and decide to go for a swim, the chemicals can wash off from your skin and harm the coral reefs.
On the other hand, mineral sunscreen is made from only two active ingredients— zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals stay on the surface of your skin and don’t penetrate it. They also get a good rating with The Environmental Working Group.
We’ll talk more about some of the options you have, but for now, it’s just important to note that opting for mineral sunscreen is good for both your skin and the environment.
2) Look At The SPF
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how well your sunscreen will protect you from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. These rays are known for causing sunburn, premature skin aging, and contributing to skin cancer.
When you use daily sunscreen, the sun protection must have the right amount of SPF for you and your needs.
But what number should you be looking for?
The American Academy of Dermatology highlights that, “Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Higher number SPFs block slightly more of the sun’s UVB rays, but no sunscreen can block 100 percent of the sun’s UVB rays.”
While on this topic, it’s essential to highlight that using a product with a higher SPF doesn’t mean that it will last longer. You still need to reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours to ensure that you continue getting adequate protection!
One last note: We mentioned above that sunscreen should protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, but not all of them do.
To make sure your family is completely protected, look for a sunscreen that’s labeled “broad-spectrum.”
3) Make Sure It’s Gentle On Skin
As we mentioned above, some sunscreen products are loaded with lots of chemical ingredients. These chemicals can end up clogging your pores and can cause irritation.
You need a product that will be effective without harming you! But it should also have moisturizing qualities and be gentle on your skin.
You can find all these qualities in Babo Botanicals mineral sunscreens. So now that you understand what to look for in a sunscreen, let’s get to some products at Babo Botanicals that you’re sure to love!
Daily Sunscreen For The Whole Family
As we’ve seen, you need to protect yourself from the sun on cloudy days as well as sunny days; in the winter as well as summer; when you hit the pool and when you take a road trip; whether you have fair skin or dark skin.
Daily sunscreen to the rescue!
When most people think of daily sunscreen, a facial sunscreen comes to mind, like a foundation for the ladies. But daily sunscreen can and should also be for your whole family — mom, dad, and kids included!
Here are three safe and effective sunscreens that will work for everyone.
Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Babo Botanicals’s Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen is the perfect protection for everyday wear. It adds luminosity to your skin while guarding against the harmful rays of the sun!
Made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, this mineral sunscreen is hypoallergenic and easy on sensitive skin. It also contains a Nutri-Firm™
Complex of Kahai Oil, Sea Buckthorn, and Argan Oil and is packed with powerful antioxidants, omegas, and Vitamin C.
Oh, and to combat the aging effects of the sun even more, we’ve enriched our formula with anti-aging hyaluronic acid. What more could you ask of a sunscreen?
Wear it alone or under your foundation. It’s lightweight, clean, and non-greasy!
Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40
If you prefer a daily facial sunscreen without a tint to it, Babo Botanicals’s Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 is for you. With this ultra-sheer, lightweight formula, protect your skin all day without even knowing you’re wearing sunscreen!
Made with Organic Aloe Vera, Avocado, and Jojoba Oil to soothe and moisturize your skin, it also fights off ultraviolet rays with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray
Don’t leave the little ones out of the sunscreen ritual! Babo Botanicals’s Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray is a great option for daily sun protection.
How To Treat Sunburn
While we encourage all our readers to take extra precautions with their skin, especially when it comes to sun protection, there are times when things just don’t go according to plan.
Maybe you applied sunscreen before you left your house but forgot to take it along so you couldn’t reapply during the day. Or maybe you haven’t had the chance to get some mineral sunscreen for yourself.
Whatever the case may be, you now have sunburn, and you just have one question — how do you treat it?
Here are a few measures you can take to help immediately ease the burn and get you on the right track to feeling like your old self again!
1) Avoid The Sun
This might seem obvious, but as highlighted above, sometimes we get the sun from unexpected places — through car windows, while you’re sitting under a tree for some shade, etc.
When you’re sunburnt, it’s essential to stay indoors for a while and avoid any further exposure to UV rays.
2) Cool Off
Because of the heat from the sunburn, your body temperature might be high. To help lower your temperature immediately, take a cool shower or bath.
Some people might assume that using ice is the best option. However, the extreme difference in temperatures (hot skin and cold ice) might do more harm than good to your skin. Just cool water will do the trick.
3) Use A Gentle Cleanser And Pat Yourself Dry
Since your skin is in a delicate state, you want to make sure that you only use gentle products, like our Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face & Body Wash.
This cleanser is ideal because it contains gentle and nourishing ingredients including shea butter, oatmeal, and cocoa butter. It's also made for sensitive skin.
After your cool shower or bath, try not to scrub but to pat yourself dry with a towel. Your skin is in an extremely sensitive state right now, and the more gentle you are with it the quicker it will heal!
4) Drink Lots Of Water
If you’re sunburnt, you’ll need to drink a little more water than usual. That’s because sunburn draws your bodily fluids to the surface of your skin. To prevent dehydration, ensure that you continue drinking water.
5) Leave Your Blisters Alone
If you have blisters from the sunburn, it’s challenging not to poke or touch them. However tempting it might be, remember that blisters form to help heal and protect your skin from any infections. So, try to let them heal untouched.
In addition, you can use our After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel to both cool and hydrate your skin!
The above tips will work if you have just a little sunburn. If your case is more severe and you have an intense headache, fever, chills, or your blisters cover a large area, then you should see a medical professional immediately.
Daily Sunscreen FAQ’s
1) When Is The Best Time To Apply Sunscreen?
As highlighted above, if you’re going to be outside, it’s essential to use sunscreen every day to help keep your skin protected all year long.
With chemical sunscreen, you would need to apply the product around 30 minutes before leaving. However, mineral sunscreen can be effective immediately, while some just need you to apply them 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
2) Where Should You Apply The Sunscreen And How Often?
All areas of your skin that won’t be protected by clothing should have a generous amount of sunscreen on them.
Most people will forget about the neck, ears, top of the head (if you don’t have hair), or even the feet. It’s essential that any exposed skin gets daily sunscreen!
Most mineral sunscreens leave you with a visible white layer of film residue on your skin. Luckily, not all sunscreen products are this way. Our Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion is light and clear and doesn’t leave residue behind.
After applying your sunscreen, remember to keep reapplying it every couple of hours or so. And if you’re going to be swimming at the beach or in a pool, you need to reapply after patting yourself dry with your towel.
If you’re not used to being this diligent with your sunscreen, it can feel a little overwhelming. But it’s essential to remember that you’re doing this to help your skin stay safe and look healthy, so all this trouble is worth it!
3) Can You Still Use Sunscreen From Last Year?
Before reading this article, maybe your sunscreen lasted a little longer because you weren’t using it every day. Now, we hope you understand the importance of daily sunscreen usage.
If you’ll be using your sun protection every day, this means that your bottle shouldn’t last that long.
However, if you’ve been indoors for a while and you find yourself with an older bottle of sunscreen, always check the expiration date on the bottle. If it’s already passed, it’s best to throw it out and get a new one that will do its job.
You can also look for other signs, such as a change in color, consistency, or smell. Any of these are an indication that the product is long past its expiration date.
Sun-Safe All Year Long
Since the sun’s rays shine down on you all year long regardless of the weather, sun protection should also be a year-round habit.
If you’re not yet in the habit of applying a daily sunscreen, it’s not too late to start! Protecting yourself and your family from the sun is so important and easier than you think.
Choose a safe, effective, and mineral-based sunscreen, like Babo Botanicals’s Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen or Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40. Apply it every single day, rain or shine!
For the little ones, get into the habit with our easy-to-apply Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray.
Daily sunscreen is a great big step toward sun-safety year-round!