If we could raid one celebrity’s beauty cabinet, we’d choose Jennifer Aniston. After all, the woman doesn’t age! But while her skin seems to be Benjamin Buttoning before our eyes, there is one anti-aging beauty product she’d like to avoid at all cost. And, get this: It just so happens to be the most important anti-aging beauty product of all time.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Aniston gushed about how her Greek background has made her a sun-worshipper. However, she can’t stand sunscreen. While her reasoning will give you a good laugh — and is oh-so-relatable — it doesn’t take away from the fact that her hatred for the anti-aging beauty product can have serious repercussions.
Find out the real reason Jennifer Aniston wishes she could ban sunscreen (plus, why it’s not that simple), ahead.
Why Jennifer Aniston hates sunscreen
We know what you’re thinking: Jennifer Aniston has beautiful, ageless skin, so how could she hate sunscreen? According to her interview, it’s because it makes her look dead. “I’ve been experimenting with ones that don’t make you look like you have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse,” she says. “I understand we’re saving our skin, but they gotta figure that stuff out. Who wants to be in the sun and not look cute?”
We feel you, Jen. However, Kabuki makeup or not, the beauty product is one of the most powerful anti-agers out there. Curious to know more? Read on to find out all the ways sunscreen can protect your complexion and give you gorgeous, youthful-looking skin.
SPF can prevent fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots
Sun damage isn’t the only thing to be concerned about. If you’re not protected, the sun can actually promote premature signs of aging in the skin. While wrinkles and fine lines are inevitable, there’s no sense in making them worse by avoiding sunscreen. Applying SPF daily can help prevent the skin from falling victim to the aging effects of the sun.
It can lower your risk of skin cancer
We probably sound like a broken record, but this is an important one. Melanoma is considered to be one of the deadliest cancers, yet it’s completely preventable. Don’t risk it. Apply sunscreen daily — and schedule an annual skin check with your dermatologist — to lower your risk of melanoma.
Some formulas contain powerful anti-aging ingredients
In addition to protecting your skin with SPF, some sunscreen formulas also contain powerful anti-aging ingredients, including antioxidants. Known for their ability to protect the skin against damaging free radicals, antioxidants can protect against premature signs of aging and promote a brighter, more radiant-looking complexion.
Sunscreen protects the skin from sun damage
While a little vitamin D can be good for the body, too much of it — or at least too much of its source (the sun) — can cause major damage. To avoid permanently damaging your skin with the sun’s UV rays, wear sunscreen every day, no matter what (and don’t forget to reapply).
It is essential, especially if you use certain anti-aging products
If you use certain anti-aging products, you may want to reconsider skipping out on SPF. Certain anti-aging products — such as retinol and dark spot correctors — can actually breakdown in sunlight and become ineffective. So, applying sunscreen to your complexion can not only help prevent signs of aging, it can help make anti-aging products more effective.
It’s the not-so-secret ingredient to a clearer, more youthful-looking complexion
In addition to its anti-aging efforts, sunscreen can also protect — and reduce — hyperpigmentation in the skin. Meaning, it can actually promote a healthier, more even-looking complexion. If you experience hyperpigmentation (i.e., melasma, liver spots, and other types of discoloration), apply SPF daily — even on cloudy days — to ensure proper protection.
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