Are you preparing for your next vacation? While packing all your essentials, remember your sunscreen! Skimping on sunscreen happens, but it can have consequences. Before diving into the benefits of sunscreen while traveling, let’s look at why you should be using it in the first place.
Sunscreen is Crucial to Your Daily Skincare Routine
Sunscreen is essential to your daily skincare routine, protecting your skin from the sun and keeping your skin healthy and clear. Using sunscreen regularly reduces your risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
The best sunscreen for your skin will provide broad-spectrum protection, protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Broad-spectrum protection is essential because it helps prevent sunburn and reduces your risk of skin cancer and other skin damage. Look for ‘broad spectrum’ on the sunscreen label.
When used correctly, your sunscreen will also help protect you from the harmful effects of pollutants that your skin encounters daily, which can lead to congested pores and premature aging.
This is why it's essential to use sunscreen daily as part of your regular skincare routine. However, this becomes even more important when traveling as your skin is exposed to more harmful pollutants and sun exposure than usual.
5 Ways the Right Sunscreen Can Protect Your Skin this Summer
Summer is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the sun. Just make sure you protect your skin with the right sunscreen. Here are five ways a good sunscreen can protect your skin this summer:
1. Protection from Harmful UV Rays From Exposure to Windows
When most people travel and think of sun exposure, they are more occupied with the damages that can be done when out and about. However, your skin is at risk of exposure to harmful UV rays even during your travel duration in the car or even while on a plane, train, etc.
While the glass often blocks UVB rays in your car, the same is not true for UVA rays. One study shows that while tempered glass (the glass used in most car windows - aside from the windshield) blocks roughly 70% of UVB rays, it does not protect against UVA rays.
2. Protection from Greater Sun Exposure When in Higher Elevation
You may be surprised to learn that the higher you travel, the greater your sun exposure. This is because the atmosphere and ozone layer are thinner at higher altitudes, which means you are exposed to more UV rays. This means you should wear sunscreen with a higher SPF when traveling by airplane or hiking up a mountain.
3. Water Resistant Sunscreens Stay On Longer and Can Block Rays Reflected off the Water
Water-resistant sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin when traveling. Water-resistant sunscreens stay on longer and can protect you from the harmful rays reflected off the water.
And we have a facial sunscreen product that does just that! Our Sheer Face Cream is filled with antioxidant ingredients, shields against UV rays, soothes inflamed skin, and offers water resistance for up to 80 minutes.
4. Protection From Daily Pollutants
Sunscreen can also protect your skin from the daily pollutants you are exposed to when traveling. When traveling, your skin can be exposed to more pollutants than when you are at home, such as dust, smoke, smog, and various forms of radiation.
Another pollutant you may not think of includes blue light from the screens used while traveling – whether on your phone or other devices. Some sunscreens help shield your skin from the harmful effects of these pollutants by adding certain ingredients that block the blue light.
Check out our Tinted Drops collection. We offer three shades in this light weight, hydrating product. Clinical testing verified that the Tinted Drops shield you from UV rays and blue light.
5. Safe for Marine Life
When traveling to the ocean, you want to be careful to select sunscreens that preserve marine life. Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients do not cause harm to marine life. On the other hand, chemical sunscreens with active ingredients such as octinoxate, oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene are considered toxic to coral reefs and marine species.
Sunscreens with these ingredients have been banned from sale in Hawaii and other popular oceanside destinations. When traveling to the ocean, make sure to wear a mineral sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are not only safe for marine life, but they are the safest sunscreen active ingredients for humans as well. Our products offer non-nano zinc oxide SPF coverage that are safe and healthy for your skin. They are also safe for marine life.
Choose a Sunscreen That Works for You with My Day Screen™
The best sunscreen is the one that works for you. If you want to protect your skin from harmful pollutants and rays, you need sunscreen to protect you. My Day Screen™ offers a range of products that protect your skin from the harmful effects of pollutants and the sun.