Join the editors of Allure as we ask the tough questions at the intersection of science and beauty, and get straight answers from dermatologists, cosmetic chemists, and at least one expert on climate change (we said the questions were tough). It's all going down on The Science of Beauty, a new podcast hosted by editor in chief Michelle Lee and executive beauty director Jenny Bailly. (Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.) This episode made possible by Olay.
But because we can only get so nerdy over the airwaves, here we take the conversation one step further by breaking down our findings and adding more crucial facts — so you too can become an expert. It's fitting, then, that sunscreen — the most essential skin-care product there is — is our first topic.
Slathering on sunscreen every morning is a lot like putting on a face covering before heading outside during a global pandemic — necessary, yet still a bit of a learning curve. But since science has made it crystal clear that these are both non-negotiable steps in our days, we need to figure it out. Just as wearing a face covering helps protect against a deadly virus, sunscreen can literally save lives, too.
Here’s proof: All it takes is one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence to more than double a person's chances of developing melanoma in their lifetime. And since vanity can also be a powerful source of motivation we’ve got you covered there, too. Research has found that sun exposure is responsible for 80 to 90 percent of the visible signs of skin aging, like fine lines, discoloration, and laxity.