Should you wear sunscreen?

Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months to avoid sunburn and damage, but did you know that sunscreen should be worn all year round? Here’s why.

It protects your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays

Sunscreen blocks UV rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn. A good idea is to apply a moisturizer (one that has an SPF ranging from 15 to 30) each morning in combination with a sunscreen that you apply regularly throughout the day.

It lowers your skin cancer risk

The most important reason you should wear sunscreen is to lower your skin cancer risk. Daily SPF use, even in rainy or colder weather can help protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer.

It prevents premature aging and dark spots

UV rays age our skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. They also damage pigment-producing cells, which can cause discolouration and dark spots (hyper-pigmentation). The daily use of sunscreen can prevent this and help you to enjoy smooth, youthful and even skin for longer.

Brands to consider

Everysun SPF 50 

Everysun family sunscreen lotion SPF50 is specially made with VitaLock – an advanced complex of antioxidants, vitamins, and UVA and UVB filters. It has a light, non-greasy formula that’s also waterproof. 

100ml costs R130 at Clicks 


Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion

This lotion offers reliable UVA/UVB protection and long-lasting moisturisation that’ll make your skin feel soft and hydrated. The water-resistant formula prevents damage from UV rays on the skin.

R 190.00 at Clicks

Spending time outside is healthy and can help us get the vitamin D we need, but too much unprotected time in the sun can harm your skin health. Using sunscreen every day can help protect you from skin cancer and skin changes.

Remember there are additional ways to protect yourself from the sun, like wearing hats, sunglasses, staying hydrated, carrying an umbrella, and chilling in the shade. No matter your skin tone, adding sunscreen to your daily routine is a must.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).