4 Ways to Prevent Sun Damage

Posted March 14, 2024 by in Beauty
Blonde woman in swimsuit sitting in the sand next to a surf board

Eternal youth—something we all want. We’re always searching for a skincare product that will reverse time and booking appointments for injectables such as Botox and Dysport in hopes of maintaining youth. If you’re over the age of 21—you likely already have a wide variety of skincare products with anti-aging benefits—but there is a product that works and it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars. It’s called sunscreen. Sunscreen is our best protection against UVA and UVB rays—both which can damage to our skin and cause pre-mature aging.

Unfortunately, wrinkles and sunspots aren’t the only two things that we need to worry about when it comes to sun exposure. According to skincancer.org:

A person’s risk for melanoma–the most serious form of skin cancer–doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.

If you want to lower your skin cancer risk and slow the aging process, below are four ways you can prevent sun damage:

woman in golden hour sunlight promoting sunscreen

1. Wear Sunscreen

That “YOLO” mentality is only going to get you so far in life. Most young people turn down sunscreen because they think they won’t tan. I’m a sunscreen fan girl, I wear it all year-round and guess what…I still tan!

Wearing sunscreen won’t prevent you from getting a tan — but on that note, a tan is actually your skin’s injury response to excessive UV radiation. If you’re out in the sun, you’re getting damage, but sunscreen will prevent the severity of that damage.

Those sexy sun worshippers from the 70’s and 80’s who would sunbathe in baby oil don’t look so hot and sassy anymore, do they? If you ever see someone over the age of 40 who has amazing skin…chances are they wore/wear sunscreen everyday.

My Favorite Sunscreens

In recent years, there has been concern over the chemicals in sunscreen. If you’re worried, use a mineral sunscreen instead.

My favorite mineral sunscreens for the face are the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen with SPF 32 from Kinship (can be found at Ulta for $28) and the Mineral Face Lotion with SPF 30 from Native (can be found for $15.99 at Target). For the body, my go-to for day-to-day is the SPF 30 mineral sunscreen from Native in the pineapple scent. For hiking and beach days, I like to use at least SPF 50. The 50 SPF mineral sunscreen from Australian Gold is excellent and it’s less than $15.

All the above mentioned mineral sunscreens don’t leave a white cast on the skin, however the Australian Gold one needs to be massaged in very well (otherwise a subtle lavender hue can be seen on the skin).

Orange Sunscreen  Bottle Beside Brown Woven Bag on Sand

2. Worship the Shade Instead

Are you a city dweller? If so, you’re most likely in the sun more than you realize. When walking around the city, always pick the shady side of the street. It’ll also prevent the dreaded farmers tan. If you’re having a beach day, consider bringing a beach tent or a large umbrella with you—your skin will thank you.

Woman with White Lace Fabric over Head

3. Soothe

Did you spend a whole day out in the sun? Restore, nourish and moisturize your skin with an aloe infused lotion. We really like the Sun Bum Cool Down Lotion and the Hawaiian Tropic Aftersun Lotion. For the face, the Midnight Blue Calming Cream from Klaris is excellent (can be found at Ulta for $31.00).

Applying aloe lotion to hands

4. Don’t Get Obsessive

Don’t be afraid of the sun — some sun exposure is good for you—it’s a natural Vitamin D supplement. A great way to take care of your skin without thinking about it too much is to use a skin primer and foundation  or BB cream that already have sunscreen as an ingredient. We also recommend you replace your daily lotion with one that has SPF—specifically in the summer when more skin is showing. We love this lotion from Eucerin and this one from Hempz. It also wouldn’t hurt to start incorporating a hat into your every day look.

Woman in White Top, Blue Denim Overalls and Bucket Hat Lying on Sand

There you have it. The secret to eternal youth is sunscreen. How do you take care of your skin? Let us know in the comments below!

*This article was updated on 03/14/24