Sunscreen is your ultimate saviour and a skincare staple you should never skip on. It keeps your skin from getting tanned, damaged and uneven, not to mention it keeps skin problems like acne and pigmentation from worsening. But its superpowers are not limited to only these. Surprisingly enough, your sunscreen is also an anti-ageing potion in a bottle. How, you ask? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to tell you today.
Here’s everything you need to know about how sunscreen can help keep signs of ageing at bay:
How it fights signs of ageing
You probably wear sunscreen to shield your skin from the harsh UV rays and skin problems like sunburn, tan and skin cancer. While the exposure to UVB rays can cause tanning and sunburn, UVA rays are responsible for damaging the skin cells and stripping the skin of its elasticity. The result is saggy skin, fine lines and dark spots, aka premature ageing signs. But fret not! Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen can help protect your skin from the UVA as well as UVB rays, saving it from ageing and sunburn and tan. A sunscreen that promises protection from only UVB rays won’t save you from the free radicals. You need one that also averts the effects of UVA rays.
How to use sunscreen to target ageing signs
First of all, get a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. We suggest the Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50 that fights both UVA and UVB rays and has a non-oily feel to it. Include in your morning skincare routine without fail. After you’ve cleansed and moisturised your face, apply a good amount of sunscreen on your face, under eyes, neck, ears, hands and arms. Do this every morning, irrespective of whether you’ll be spending your day indoors or outdoors. If you do step out, don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen every two to three hours for maximum protection.