It’s the winter time, so why are we writing about using sunscreen? If you thought that because the sun’s rays are coming from an angle that you don’t have to use sunscreen, or if you thought that you don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy outside, MaryRuth Organics is here to let you know that using sunscreen year round is not only beneficial, but crucial to preventing wrinkles in the future. We understand that it can sometimes be smelly and leave a greasy feeling, but when you know it will prevent laugh lines and crow’s feet, it will be worth the effort. So in addition to your all natural beauty products, make space for sunscreen!
A study was released by the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine in 2013 with solid evidence that shows sunscreen prevents premature aging caused by the sun. The study followed 900 men and women in Australia and found that those who used sunscreen were less likely to have wrinkles and age spots after four and a half years than those who did not use sunscreen regularly. Those who used sunscreen applied SPF 15+ lotion to their head, neck, arms, and hands.
How Does Sunscreen Work?
Sunscreen is made with both organic and inorganic ingredients, which help to protect you in two ways.
- Chemical Blockers: Many types of sunscreen contain organic chemicals like avobenzone and oxybenzone. The chemical bonds of these ingredients actually absorb the harmful UV rays, protecting your skin from sun damage. However, the chemical bonds eventually break down as they absorb the UV rays, causing them to be less effective. That’s why it’s so important to reapply sunscreen when you’re at the beach or hitting the ski slopes in the winter.
- Physical Blocker: The inorganic ingredients play a part of this type of protection with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients reflect UV rays, just like your white T-shirt reflects light. That’s why in the past, you’ve seen beachgoers with white noses. Now, manufacturers are able to make the particles much smaller, so it rubs into your skin and disappears.
Types of UV Rays
Broad-spectrum sunscreen, whether it’s SPF 15 or 50, protects your skin from both UVB and UVA radiation. When you put on your all natural beauty products in the morning, be sure that it includes an SPF of at least 15.
- UVB is what causes your skin to burn and can lead to several types of skin cancer.
- UVA penetrates into the skin and this type of radiation is what can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and an increased risk of skin cancer.
The higher the SPF, the more protection you will get from these rays. SPF 15 keep away 93 percent of UVB rays, and SPF 30 protects against around 97 percent of UVB rays. Keep mind though, that no sunscreen will protect against 100 perfect of UV rays, so it’s still important to seek shade in the hottest parts of the day, wear sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats.
Use All Natural Beauty Products
To give your body and skin the nutrients it needs, shop at MaryRuth Organics for all natural beauty products, including this Enzyme Mask or this Acne Mask. When you protect your body from within, you’re also helping protect your skin on the outside.
Even though it’s winter and most days the sky is cloud-covered, you still need to protect your skin with sunscreen. Find the best all natural beauty products here for a healthy body and bright, firm skin.