What if we told you that the most effective anti-aging product is already sitting on your shelf? We’re not talking $300 serums, Kardashian-endorsed facials, or the fountain of youth. The best anti-aging product is none other than sunscreen.
At Everyday Humans, we’ll be the first to tell you that wrinkles aren’t the end of the world, and aging is super normal. But by protecting yourself with sunscreen, you also get to maintain long-term skin health and a radiant complexion that’s safe from more serious health risks — including sunburn, skin cancer, and hyperpigmentation.
So why is sunscreen the best anti-aging product? Let’s find out.
Sunscreen protects skin from UV damage
No matter what marketing might tell you, sunscreen is the ONLY skincare product that can directly prevent UV damage — AKA the #1 source of nearly every skin concern. You can blame both UVA and UVB radiation for a plethora of skin conditions — from skin cancer and decreased immunity, to collagen breakdown and and even wart-like lesions.
Aside from collagen, UV exposure can also damage elastin, another supporting structure that makes skin look healthy and youthful. These are the glue that holds skin cells together. By shielding them with SPF, you help your skin retain its shape and prevent wrinkles.
Sunscreen makes other skincare products more effective
Monthly facials? Check. Pricey serums? Check. You may have a solid regimen, but if you don’t wear SPF religiously, you might as well throw your skincare budget out the window. This is because sunscreen helps stop the damage that the rest of your products are trying to fix too.
For instance, you may be using AHAs to fade sun spots and hyperpigmentation. But by using Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, or Tartaric Acid regularly, your skin becomes much more sensitive to sun damage, so all the more should you double-up on SPF. The same goes for BHAs, retinol, and vitamin C. Sounds pretty counterproductive, doesn’t it?
Suncare is skincare
Gone are the days when sunscreen was just a beach trip essential. Today, many formulations are designed to be used as everyday sunscreen, and are even infused with other nourishing ingredients for extra benefits.
When looking for the best anti-aging sunscreen for the face, go for one that also boosts hydration — just like our very own Resting Beach Face SPF30 sunscreen serum. Because it’s enhanced with hyaluronic acid, it can significantly reduce the look of wrinkles and improve elasticity. Meanwhile, our Rose From Above SPF35 mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin uses upcycled rose oil, plant squalane, and ceramides to soothe, support the skin barrier, and act as a smoothing primer. With so many options, it has never been easier to find an SPF that fights your lifestyle and routine.
Start your anti-aging journey now; your 60-year-old self will thank you!