You might think that applying sunscreen on your body doesn’t do much except moisturize your skin and prevent mild tanning. But applying sunscreen daily can prevent skin cancer! If that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to take 2 minutes of your day to put on sunscreen then here are a few more compelling reasons why you should use sunscreen on your body.
Protects your skin from sunburn
Although melanin is the pigment that helps protect from sunburns, fairer skin lack that pigment in your skin. The sunscreen prevents the UV rays that cause skin capillary inflammations that cause sunburns from being absorbed by the skin.
Prevents skin cancer
Too much exposure to the UV radiations from the sun can damage the DNA in your skin cells. A prolonged exposure can gradually cause the skin cells to grow out of control leading to skin cancer. The zinc oxides and titanium oxide present in sunscreen reflect or scatter the UV rays. This prevents it from reaching the skin. Octyl methoxycinnamate on the other hand absorbs the UV rays and dissipates it as heat.
Reduces dark spots
Dark spots, also known as hyper pigmentation is caused by the overproduction of melanin in your skin. The sun’s rays promote the melanocytes to produce melanin but prolonged exposure can rapidly cause the dark spots to show up on your skin.
Prevents premature aging
The harmful UV rays from the sun destroy the elastin and hampers collagen production in the skin causing the skin to sag and wrinkle. This causes the already prone to wrinkling areas of your body to loosen much faster.
Still wondering why your body needs sunscreen?