Wait...I Need To Wear Sunscreen?

Yes! Every single person benefits from regular use of sunscreen regardless of skin tone, gender, the weather outside, or daily activity. According to the CDC, only 8.2% of men aged 18-29 years use sunscreen when outside on a sunny day for more than one hour. That means that 91.8% of men aged 18-29 years are leaving their skin susceptible to sunburn, early-aging, skin cancer, and other dangers from harmful UV rays. Rays Sunscreen is on a mission to change that. Read on for additional details on the importance of wearing daily sun protection.  

Why Should You Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

1. Shield Yourself from Harmful UV Rays: Sunscreen acts as your shield against the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which includes both UVA and UVB rays. These rays can penetrate your skin, leading to sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. By wearing sunscreen daily and reapplying throughout the day, you're taking a proactive step to protect your skin from these harmful effects.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) - "Sunscreen FAQs" - https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/sunscreen-patients/sunscreen-faqs

2. Prevent Premature Aging: Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. By incorporating sunscreen into your routine, you can help delay the signs of aging and maintain a youthful glow.

Source: The Journal of Dermatological Treatment - "Sunscreen and prevention of skin aging: a randomized trial" - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25406738/

3. Lower Skin Cancer Risk: Skin cancer is a serious health concern that affects people of all skin tones. A dangerous myth is that individuals with darker skin are immune to its risks – this isn’t true! Regular sunscreen use can significantly reduce the chances of developing skin cancer, making it a crucial step in maintaining your long-term health for all skin types.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation - "Does Dark Skin Need Sunscreen?" - https://www.skincancer.org/blog/does-dark-skin-need-sunscreen

Wear Sunscreen, No Matter Your Skin Tone:

1. Protection for All Skin Tones: While people with lighter skin are more prone to sunburn, sunscreen protects you from far more than just a sunburn and those with darker skin tones can still experience sun damage and skin cancer. Melanin provides some natural protection, but it's not enough to completely shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays. So, regardless of your skin tone, apply sunscreen to keep your skin healthy and protected.

Source: The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology - "Photoprotection in Ethnic Skin" - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543289/

2. Avoid Hyperpigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone: Even if you're not concerned about burning, wearing sunscreen helps prevent hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. It minimizes the risk of dark spots and maintains a more even complexion, bring you one step closer to your best flawless, blemish-free face.

Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - "A Review of the Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment of Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation" - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23467453/

Sunscreen, Rain or Shine, Indoor or Outdoor:

1. Clouds Don't Block UV Rays: Don't be fooled by cloudy days! Up to 80% of the sun's UV rays can penetrate cloud cover and even more shocking, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can be reflected off snow. This means that even when it's overcast or snowy, your skin is still vulnerable to sun damage. Even on the gray days, you still need your Rays.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine - "Effect of Ambient Ozone on the Frequency of Dermatologic Visits for Eczema and Skin Infections" - https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1707278

2. Indoor Protection: We all love a home-office set up with a window view, but that window is doing your skin no favors. UV rays can penetrate windows, so even if your schedule for the day is centered around work-from-home, don’t skip your sunscreen in the morning. The same goes for those days when you’re road tripping – harmful UV rays can easily penetrate car windows and sunroofs. Keep your hands, face, and arms protected with regular protection. Making Rays Sunscreen an easy step to your morning routine helps to ensure your skin stays looking hydrated and more importantly, protected.

Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - "Ultraviolet radiation: sunscreens, photoprotection, and vitamin D" - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4732868/