“The single most important thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from the sun. Sun exposure ages your skin and is extremely hard to reverse later in life. This sunscreen provides protection without clogging pores.” - Shani Darden (Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba's Dermatologist)
Did you know that less than 15% of the population wears sunblock?
I didn't. But I believe it because I see way more people baking on the beach like Thanksgiving turkeys than I see people applying sunblock every 1.5-2 hours. Also the majority of the world's population has dark skin and I grew up believing that dark skin people don't need sunblock - that is until I got my very first sunburn and realized my race had forsaken me. I also grew up believing that "No-Lye Relaxers" meant that the brand "wasn't lying" about how straight your hair would be after the relaxer - obviously information of my childhood is not to be relied upon (FYI - "No Lye" refers to the absence of certain carcinogenic chemicals that used to be prevalent in hair relaxers)
Anyway, let's talk about sunblock! We hear about the increasingly prevalent rates of skin cancer, we hear all the time about the ozone layer being depleted, we hear scary warnings of UV rays and cancer freckles and still we see men and women doing their best impressions of Peruvian rotisserie chicken and browning and flipping for hours. What is the deaaaal?
Well honestly I don't know, but I will tell you why I decided to start wearing sunblock everyday. It's very simple: I'm shallow.
I want to look good, no not good, GREAT and for as many years as possible. Skin cancer doesn't run in my family, I wear hats on the beach, I don't tan, so skin cancer is unlikely for me but wrinkles? Wrinkles are happening right freaking now! I hit 27 and somedays I wake up and look in the mirror and I look WORN. Is it the sun? The copious amounts of red wine? The men in my inbox that I'm ignoring? The stress from trying to adult when I only ever feel like napping? Who really knows! But I decide I have to act and fast!
I read somewhere years ago (I think in an article about Chrissy Teigen but I can't remember) that the best dermatologists in Hollywood all agree that the best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunblock everyday because the sun prematurely ages you. To that I say, thank God I don't have to put vampire facials and botox in my budget! Sunblock is $8.99! Sign me tf up.
So it's that simple. I want to have young plump skin forever. I want to be a baddie. I want to get carded at 40 and complimented at 50 and so I decided to start wearing sunscreen.
Here are some other more practical and less shallow reasons to wear sunscreen:
1. Sunblock can prevent skin cancer.
2. Sunblock prevents blotchiness on the face from sun damage to the veins.
3. Sunblock prevents sun burns.
4. SUNBLOCK PREVENTS SKIN CANCER (I thought this was worth mentioning twice because... well it's cancer)
Did you know that ...?
1. The difference of protection between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is 96% protection versus 98% protection. This means you don't ever have to buy anything over SPF 30, all you have to do is properly reapply.
2. Not all sunscreens are safe for pregnant women: certain chemicals can enter the bloodstream and adversely affect the fetus.
3. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go into the sun so that it has time to properly bind to the skin.
That's really it.
I'm going to start wearing sunscreen... and you should too.
I'm trying the sunscreen pictured here.
Check out the Product Review tab for a full review but so far I like it because:
1. It's pink
2. It scored well on the Think Dirty App - meaning no neurotoxicity nor carcinogenic danger.
3. It was on sale at whole foods.
Thank you for reading and happy healing!
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