It`s (almost) time for beaches, pools, outdoor adventures, and BBQs! All of which are spent out under the sun. You probably already know that sunscreen is a good idea, especially if you spend plenty of time outside, but maybe you need a reminder. ;)

At La Quaintrelle, we want to remind you to wear sunscreen and take the best of care of your skin. There are an alarming amount of people who brave the UV rays without applying sunblock. (Isn’t skin cancer scary enough?)

Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be. Chances are there’s a UVA wave heading for your epidermis. And if you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. If you’re not up to speed on the difference between UVA and UVB, we`re here to help. UVA has a longer wavelength, travels through glass and damages collagen, speeding up the ageing process. Then there is the UVB, which is shorter, penetrates only through to the epidermis, and causes sunburn and cancerous changes. Latest research suggests the relatively ignored spectrum of ultraviolet A is an important co-contributor to skin cancer production. 

Choose a sunscreen that has broad spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA rays, as both forms of UV light can cause skin cancer.

75% of us do not apply sunscreen to our faces daily.  Up to 90 per cent of ageing is caused by external factors, the big one being sun exposure. Don`t forget about your face! You will regret not having worn sunscreen when you look at your skin compared to friends and family who have worn daily sunscreen 20 years from now.

Top five reasons everyone should wear sunscreen:

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin. 

Does this convince you to always wear sunscreen?

Written by Kendra White

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