Posted on June 08 2020
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.
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!
So, to wrap up, we’ll tell you about 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.
Our 100% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide formula comes in a non-aerosol pump spray for easy application. We’ve formulated it to be non-whitening and oh-so-gentle on your baby’s soft, delicate skin.
Even better, it’s fragrance-free, gluten-free, and contains no irritating chemicals, like Oxybenzone or Octinoxate (making it reef-friendly as well!).
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!