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43 Reasons to Use Sunscreen Every Day (#5 Will Blow Your Mind!)

Let’s talk about sunscreen & why on Earth we should use it every day…

It’s just as important as your daily workouts or morning coffee. Coming from a bloke who has had more sunburns than cold beers as a metal roofer, it’s probably the same, considering beer was the painkiller of choice!

But here’s the good news:  adding to your morning routine is easy. Just a quick step after you brush your teeth, and you’re on like Donkey Kong!

I have also found the right sunscreen can simplify your skincare routine. Imagine a sunscreen that protects, hydrates, rejuvenates, and moisturizes your skin…

SIGN ME THE FUCK UP!

So, why complicate things when you can keep it simple with sunscreen? It’s the easiest & most effective way to keep your skin happy and healthy. And yes, a good dose of vitamin D is healthy, but the right sunscreen won’t stop us from absorbing that, either!

Now, I’ve got  43 rock-solid reasons why sunscreen should be part of your daily routine year-round, even in winter. Let’s get fair up it!

P.S. make sure it’s natural sunscreen for these reasons!

Article at a Glance:

The benefits of using sunscreen every day

What to look for in a good daily sunscreen

The risks of excessive sun exposure

1. Using sunscreen every day Prevents Skin Damage

Sunburn hurts like the devil and damages your skin, making you more prone to premature aging and even skin cancer. Don’t take chances; wear sunscreen daily to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Here’s a wake-up call: According to the  Skin Cancer Foundation[1], daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and melanoma risk by 50%. So, don’t play with fire (or the sun, in this case); slather on that sunscreen to keep your skin safe from those sneaky UV rays.

(I’d go an SPF 50 just to improve on this statistic further)

2. Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is a real threat, especially with prolonged sun exposure. By wearing sunscreen religiously, you significantly lower your risk of developing skin cancer, protecting your skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation.

Pro Tip: When choosing your sunscreen, look for ingredients high in antioxidants, like vitamin C or Vitamin E. These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals caused by UV exposure, further enhancing your skin’s protection against cancer-causing damage.

3. Minimize Premature Skin Aging

Who doesn’t want to maintain youthful-looking skin? UV rays accelerate aging, causing wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots to appear prematurely. Daily sunscreen use lets you slow down this process and  keep your skin looking younger for longer.

According to  this study[2]  in the National Library of Medicine, About 80% of facial aging is attributed to sun exposure. Photo damaged skin contributes for loss of skin elasticity, skin roughness and dryness, irregular pigmentation and deep wrinkling.

Boost your sunscreen routine and save time with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamins (antioxidants) to enhance the anti-aging effects!

choose sunscreen with hyaluronic acid & antioxidants to reduce premature aging

4. Safeguard Against Harmful UVB Rays

It’s important to be mindful of the damaging effects that UVB rays can have on our skin, such as sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer. However, by regularly using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, we can effectively shield ourselves from these harmful rays and take proactive steps towards maintaining healthy skin.

5. Safeguard Against UVA Rays

UVA rays may not burn your skin, but they penetrate deep, causing long-term damage like wrinkles and increasing your risk of skin cancer. Go for a for a broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Bonus Tip: Zinc Oxide is a physical UV blocker and will be your most effective choice for protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. 

WATCH: The many benefits of Zinc

IF YOU ARE A TRADIE OR WORK OUTDOORS… YOU MUST READ THIS!

“2X as many men as women will die from melanoma this year alone”

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2022

Often called our ‘national cancer’, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with approximately two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. In addition, it is estimated that almost twice as many men as women will die from melanoma this year alone (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2022). – Cancer Council[3]

Australian Tradesman In The Sun

6. Prevent Photodermatitis

Ever heard of sun allergy? It’s a real thing; it can cause itchy, red rashes and blisters when sunlight exposes it. Regular sunscreen use can help prevent this uncomfortable condition by blocking harmful UV rays.

7. Maintain Even Skin Tone

Say goodbye to uneven pigmentation and dark spots with daily sunscreen use. UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin tone, but sunscreen acts as your shield, keeping your complexion smooth and balanced.

Side Note: Vitamin C is a skincare superhero known for its ability to even out skin tone. Incorporating sunscreen that contains vitamin C into your daily routine can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and redness, leaving your complexion looking brighter and more balanced. Kakadu Plum is an Australian native botanical with the highest known levels of Vitamin C of any natural source.

8. Preserve Collagen Levels

Collagen is like the scaffolding for your skin, keeping it firm and bouncy. But those UV rays? They’re like the wrecking ball crashing the party, breaking down your collagen and leaving your skin saggy and wrinkled.

On the DL: make sure your sunscreen game is strong, and look for one with hyaluronic acid—it’s like a hydration boost for your skin and helps preserve that precious collagen. So, slather on that sunscreen and keep your skin looking as fresh as a daisy.

9. Reduce Facial Redness

Facial redness can be a real confidence killer. Luckily, sunscreen can help reduce it by shielding your skin from the sun’s rays. Say hello to a more even skin tone and fewer flare-ups.

10. Prevent Sunspots and Freckles

Sunspots and freckles may seem harmless, but they’re signs of sun damage. Don’t let them mar your complexion. Apply sunscreen daily to help keep your skin clear and radiant.

11. Decrease Actinic Keratosis Risk

Actinic keratosis is no joke—it’s a precancerous skin condition caused by sun exposure. Slathering on sunscreen regularly lowers your risk of developing this common skin condition.

12. Preserve Skin Elasticity

Keep your skin looking firm and youthful by preserving its elasticity. Sunscreen protects your skin from UV damage, preventing sagging and maintaining a healthy appearance.

How to stay handsome/gorgeous for longer? Team your sunscreen up with vitamins and antioxidants. It doesn’t matter if it is inside your sunscreen or in your moisturiser—get that good stuff going!

Oh! and quit smoking! this is also a massive cause of damage to the collagen and elastic fibers in the dermis, making our skin slack and hardened… No Thanks!

13. Protect Eyes from Damage

Your eyes need protection too! Choose a gentle zinc based sunscreen specifically formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes and wear sunglasses with UV protection to shield them from harmful rays.

If you ever find yourself with sunscreen in your eyes, the only reason it will sting like a little f*cker is if you are using sunscreen with fragrance or a chemical-based sunscreen… which is another reason to avoid these sunscreens all together

14. Shield Lips from Harm

Remember your lips! They’re also prone to sun damage. Use a lip balm with SPF daily to keep them soft, moisturized, and sunburn-free.

15. Prevent Sun-Induced Headaches

Exposure to sunlight can trigger headaches in some people, especially if they’re sensitive to bright light. Wearing a hat and sunglasses can help reduce glare and prevent sun-induced headaches.

16. Maintain Skin Barrier Function

Sunscreen is vital in maintaining your skin’s barrier function, protecting it from environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollution. Keep your skin strong and resilient by making sunscreen a part of your daily routine.

17. Protect Scalp from Sunburn

Don’t forget to protect your scalp! Apply sunscreen or wear a hat to prevent painful sunburns and potential skin damage. If you’re bald as a badger… this one is especially for you!

18. Reduce Exacerbation of Skin Conditions

Sun exposure can worsen inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Shield your skin from UV radiation with sunscreen to prevent irritation and flare-ups.

19. Prevent Formation of White Spots

Say goodbye to white spots with daily sunscreen use. Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure and maintain an even skin tone.

20. Preserve Tattoo Vibrancy

how to preserve tatto vibrancy

To keep your tattoos looking sharp and vibrant, follow these three simple steps:

i) Apply Sunscreen:

Regularly apply sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) to your tattoos when exposed to sunlight. This helps to protect the ink from fading due to UV radiation.

II) Moisturise:

Keep your skin moisturised to maintain the vibrancy of your tattoos. Hydrated skin promotes better healing and prevents ink from fading prematurely.

III) Wear sun protective clothing:

Try to minimize prolonged exposure of your tattoos to direct sunlight whenever possible. Seek shade or cover them with sun-protective clothing to prevent them from fading.

By following these steps, you can help preserve the vibrancy of your tattoos and keep them looking fresh for years to come.

21. Prevent Sun-Induced Cold Sores

Sun exposure can trigger cold sore outbreaks in some individuals. Apply sunscreen to your lips to protect them from harmful UV rays and prevent discomfort.

22. Minimize Solar Elastosis Risk

Don’t let solar elastosis ruin your skin’s elasticity. Protect it from UV damage with sunscreen and maintain a youthful appearance.

23. Protect Against Infrared Radiation

Infrared radiation can penetrate deep into your skin, causing cellular damage. Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection to shield yourself from both UV and infrared radiation.

24. Reduce Risk of Skin Infections

Sunburn weakens your skin’s natural defenses, making it more susceptible to infections. Keep your skin healthy and protected by wearing sunscreen daily.

25. Prevent Rosacea Flare-Ups

Rosacea flare-ups can be triggered by sun exposure. Protect your skin with sunscreen to minimize redness and inflammation.

26. Shield Against Free Radicals

Free radicals can wreak havoc on your skin, causing oxidative damage and accelerating aging. Protect yourself with sunscreen containing antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and youthful.

Deep Dive: For smarter sun protection, pick a sunscreen that combines zinc with antioxidants like vitamin C or E. 

Zinc is the healthiest UV blocker, while antioxidants fight off free radicals, preventing skin aging and damage. It’s a dual-action approach for healthier, younger-looking skin. Quick, effective, and backed by science.

27. Prevent Spider Veins

Prolonged sun exposure can weaken blood vessels near the skin’s surface, leading to the development of spider veins. Wear sunscreen every day to prevent them.

28. Reduce Skin Sensitivities

Sun exposure can exacerbate skin sensitivities and allergies. Protect your skin with sunscreen to minimize reactions and keep it calm and comfortable.

Check out why natural zinc sunscreen can help to reduce inflamation in your skin.

29. Protect Against Dehydration

Sun exposure can lead to dehydration, making your skin dry and parched. Keep it hydrated by wearing sunscreen and locking in moisture.

30. Maintain Healthy Complexion

A healthy complexion starts with sunscreen. Daily sunscreen use protects your skin from sun damage and maintains a radiant glow.

31. Reduce Lip Cancer Risk

Your lips are vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer. Keep them protected with sunscreen to reduce the risk of lip cancer.

32. Shield Against Precancerous Moles

Protect yourself from precancerous moles by wearing sunscreen daily. Lower your risk of skin cancer and keep your skin healthy and safe.

33. Preserve Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and plump. Preserve it by wearing sunscreen and maintaining your skin’s moisture balance.

34. Prevent Sun-Induced Rashes

Don’t let sun exposure trigger rashes and allergic reactions. Protect your skin with sunscreen to keep it happy and rash-free.

35. Protect Against Immune Suppression

UV radiation can suppress your immune system, making your skin more vulnerable to infections and diseases. Keep it protected with sunscreen to stay healthy and safe.

36. Reduce Seborrheic Keratosis Risk

Shield yourself from seborrheic keratosis by wearing sunscreen daily. Lower your risk of developing this common skin condition and keep your skin looking healthy and clear.

37. Prevent Sun-Induced Headaches and Nausea

Sun-induced headaches and nausea can ruin your day. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to minimize discomfort and enjoy the sun safely.

38. Shield Against High-Altitude Sun Exposure

UV radiation levels are higher at high altitudes, putting you at greater risk of sunburn and skin damage. Protect yourself with sunscreen and minimize the risk of UV-related skin issues.

39. Reduce Risk of Sunburn on Cloudy Days

Even on cloudy days, UV radiation can penetrate through the clouds and cause sunburn. Protect your skin with rain or shine sunscreen to stay safe and sunburn-free.

Up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate cloud cover!

40. Prevent Formation of Sun-Induced Blisters

Sunburn can lead to painful blisters on your skin, increasing the risk of infection. Prevent sun-induced blisters by wearing sunscreen regularly and protecting your skin.

41. Reduce Risk of Skin Cancer (especially for Fair Skin)

Fair-skinned individuals are at higher risk of developing skin cancer due to lower melanin levels. Protect your skin with sunscreen and reduce the risk of skin cancer, especially if you have fair skin.

42. Promote Overall Skin Health

Overall skin health starts with sunscreen. Protect your skin from sun damage, premature aging, and skin cancer with daily sunscreen use and enjoy healthy, radiant skin for years to come.

43. Block Blue Light from Screens

In addition to UV radiation, blue light from screens can damage your skin and contribute to premature aging. Applying sunscreen containing blue light protection can keep your skin healthy and radiant. 

Look for zinc based sunscreens that provide a physcial barrier from blue light!

Wrapping Up

Alright, let’s keep it real. Sunscreen isn’t just another bottle in your bathroom; it’s your skin’s best buddy. Think about it: sunburns, wrinkles, and even skin cancer can all take a hike if you’ve got the right protection. And hey, who doesn’t want their skin to look killer for as long as possible?

Now, after a decade of chasing the sun across rooftops and neighborhoods, I’ve got a hot tip for you. Go for a natural SPF 50 mineral-based sunscreen boosted with antioxidants!

Why? Because it’s like a health shot for your skin. It protects, fights off the bad guys (aka free radicals), and keeps your skin feeling like a baby’s. This isn’t just slapping on some cream; it’s giving your skin a daily dose of goodness.

So, here’s the deal: make slathering on that SPF 50 mineral-based sunscreen as routine as brushing your teeth. Your future self will be throwing you high fives. With antioxidants and moisturizing goodies packed in, you’re not just blocking those harsh sun rays; you’re giving your skin a loving hug every day. Trust me, it’s worth it.

FAQs

Is it bad to wear sunscreen everyday?

Not bad at all. In fact, wearing sunscreen every day is a smart move. It protects your skin from sun damage, keeps you looking younger, and lowers your risk of skin cancer. Think of it as your skin’s daily armor against the bad stuff the sun throws at you.

Also, be careful of sunscreens with potentially harmful chemical UV blockers. Regular application of these chemicals can mess with your hormone balance and could be carcinogenic in itself. Stick to natural mineral sunscreens for daily use!

Can sunscreen last all day?

Nope, sunscreen can’t last all day. You’ve got to reapply it every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or jumping in the water. Think of it like eating – one meal won’t keep you full all day, right? Same deal with sunscreen.

Is daily sunscreen really necessary?

Yep, daily sunscreen is a must. Think of it as your skin’s best buddy, protecting you from sunburn and skin cancer and making you look older than you are. Rain or shine, those UV rays don’t take a day off, so neither should your sunscreen.

What sunscreen is best for everyday use?

For everyday use, grab a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. It’ll block both UVA and UVB rays, keeping you covered whether you’re running errands or just walking the dog. Go for something lightweight and non-greasy to avoid feeling like a sticky mess. If you’ve got sensitive skin, look for mineral options with zinc oxide—they’re less likely to irritate. And remember, reapply if you’re out and about all day!

What sunscreen lasts all day?

No sunscreen truly lasts all day. You’ve gotta reapply every 2 hours, especially if you’re sweating or taking a dip. Look for “water-resistant” labels for longer staying power, but remember, there’s no such thing as a one-and-done when it comes to sun protection. Keep that bottle handy!

Can sunscreen cause acne?

Absolutely, some sunscreens can be acne’s best friend or worst enemy. The trick? Go for sunscreens with zinc oxide. Not only does it not clog your pores, but zinc oxide is also known for its skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a win-win for acne-prone skin. So, keep your skin happy and protected without the breakout drama.

Why is it important to reapply sunscreen?

Because the sun doesn’t quit, and neither should your sunscreen. Slapping it on once doesn’t cut it for all-day protection. Sweat, water, and even just time can wear it down, leaving your skin open to damage. Think of it like this: sunscreen is your skin’s bodyguard, and reapplying is like giving it a coffee break so it can keep up the good work all day.

Chemical or Mineral Sunscreen?

Zinc-based sunscreen is the healthier choice for sun protection. It provides broad-spectrum coverage, blocking both UVA and UVB rays, crucial for preventing skin aging and burns. Unlike chemical sunscreens that penetrate the skin and can trigger allergies or hormonal disruptions, zinc oxide sits on the skin’s surface, reflecting the sun’s rays without irritating. This makes it ideal for sensitive skin and reduces the risk of skin reactions. Furthermore, zinc oxide is non-toxic and reef-safe, minimizing environmental impact. Its immediate protection upon application, without the need for absorption time, offers both convenience and effectiveness. For those concerned about skin health and environmental safety, zinc-based sunscreen offers a clear advantage.

Mick Wadley

Mick Wadley – Founder of Skorcha

After a decade in the scorching sun as a roofer and going door-to-door in sales – I was forced to take my skin health seriously following a skin cancer scare before the age of 30.

So began my passion for suncare, which is both effective and natural. Crafted for adventure and endurance sports, Skorcha formulas are non-greasy, have no eye sting and absolutely no bullshit (100% Organic).

My goal is to share what I’ve learned about skin health and safe ingredients, inspiring happier, healthier lives through adventure, organic goodness and conservation!

Help us plant a mangrove tree with every Skorcha product sold to protect fragile marine ecosystems and support underprivileged communities around the world.


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