Sunscreen is important for several reasons. Here are the key reasons why sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin:


It Protects Your Skin from UV Rays: The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn. Look for products like those from Goddess Garden with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15 (some doctors recommend nothing below 30), and use each and every day. For full body coverage you’ll want to apply about an ounce.

It Lowers Your Skin Cancer Risk: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and  (CDC), 71,943 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in 2013, and 9,394 of these cases were fatal. By applying sunscreen each day, you cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half.

It Prevents Premature Aging of the Skin: Sun damage from UV rays causes photoaging of the skin, which is characterized by a thick, leathery look; discoloration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of aging than those who don’t.

It Helps Maintain an Even Skin Tone: Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.

Your Chances of Skin Cancer are Higher if Your Hair is Red: Scientists used to think the reason for this increased risk was due to the fair skin tone of redheads. In 2013, however, researchers discovered the MC1R gene mutation which creates red hair and fair skin. This mutation also creates a cancer causing pathway which, when exposed to UV radiation, promotes a genetic propensity towards cancer.

What is the damage to the skin if you don't wear sunscreen?

What is the damage to the skin if you don't wear sunscreen?


What is the damage to the skin if you don't wear sunscreen?

If you don't wear sunscreen and expose your skin to the sun without protection, it can lead to several damaging effects. Here are some consequences of not wearing sunscreen:

  1. Sunburn: Without sunscreen, your skin is vulnerable to the burning effects of UVB rays. Sunburn is characterized by redness, pain, inflammation, and sometimes blistering. Severe sunburn can be particularly painful and may require medical attention.

  2. Skin Aging: Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure can accelerate the natural aging process of the skin. UVA rays, which can penetrate deeper into the skin, can cause premature aging, including the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. This can result in an older and more weathered appearance.

  3. Sunspots and Discoloration: UV radiation can lead to the development of dark spots, known as sunspots or age spots, on the skin. These are areas of hyperpigmentation that commonly appear on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms.

  4. Uneven Skin Tone: Sun exposure without protection can cause uneven distribution of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. This can result in an uneven skin tone and patches of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

  5. Skin Cancer: The most severe consequence of not wearing sunscreen is the increased risk of developing skin cancer. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation is a major risk factor for various types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. These types of skin cancer can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early.


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is a measure of how effectively a sunscreen protects the skin from UVB radiation, which is responsible for sunburns. SPF indicates the level of protection provided by a sunscreen product.
SPF 15: Provides moderate protection by filtering out approximately 93% of UVB rays. It allows you to stay in the sun 15 times longer without burning compared to unprotected skin.

SPF 30: Offers high protection by filtering out around 97% of UVB rays. It allows you to stay in the sun 30 times longer without burning compared to unprotected skin.

SPF 50: Provides very high protection, filtering out approximately 98% of UVB rays. It allows you to stay in the sun 50 times longer without burning compared to unprotected skin.