Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I’m getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

Does the sun really age you?

A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I’m pretty confident I never asked this question when I was younger simply because I wasn’t invested in the long term health of my skin. I was just about the here and now, and I only really wanted sun-kissed skin. All without any sun protection at all.

Even now, I still want a glowing tan. It makes me look younger, it masks my uneven skin tone, and it makes me look thinner (you just gotta love an optical illusion.) The difference between now and then? I understand that sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 (as recommended by the AAD) is an absolute must. My skin will still darken a bit, but protected.

Some of the RoC® skin care products I’ve been using, RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer and RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream both have broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30.  This is sufficient for every day application, but if you plan to head to the beach, make sure to use it in conjunction with a sunscreen you will re-apply every two hours.



There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. They each do something a little differently to the skin and a good reason to use a broadspectrum sunscreen, which covers both. Think UVA = aging and UVB = burning.

UVA is what causes those pesky dark spots and skin cancer and UVB causes photoaging and skin cancer, as well. If you go to a tanning salon (and truth be told, I used to in my late teens/early 20’s), it’s UVA rays that are emitted the most (which is why you tan so fast in the booth.)

Here’s more info about the two:


Can pass through window glass.
Is not affected by a change in altitude or weather.
Is present all day, at the same intensity and every day of the year.
Penetrates deep into skin layers.
Is 95% of the sun’s rays.
Is 20 times more abundant than UVB rays.
Affects long-term skin damage.

Cannot pass through window glass.
Causes sunburn.
Causes tanning.
Helps the body with normal vitamin D production.
Varies with the season.
It is more intense in the summer than in the winter.
Varies with weather conditions.
Is more intense at midday than in the morning or late afternoon.
Is more intense at high altitudes and near the equator.
Is protected against by the SPF in sunscreens.
Is related to more than 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer.


Back in the “olden days” skin care products didn’t come with built-in sunscreen. I’m glad they do today to protect our skin from damage. In terms of my skin, there’s not too much I can do about sun damage caused from the past, but using skin care products like RoC® with SPF 30 will help protect against future sun damage when used with other sun protection measures.

How are you protecting your skin from sun damage?

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

9 Responses to Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

  1. Lola Seicento

    Who among us asked whether the sun would prematurely age us when we were young! I certainly wish that we knew then what we know now! These sound like really great products!

  2. Allison

    I’m almost finished with my moisturizer with spf so i’ll take a look at ROC

  3. Stacie

    I too was not so clever in my younger years when it came to the sun. My mom lost her battle with melanoma so I learned years ago how important prevention is for skin cancer and antiaging. I will definitely look into these products.

  4. destany

    I am like you and paid little attention to my skin when I was younger – now that I’m older I wish I’d done more sooner! I never leave the house without sunscreen on.

  5. Shipra

    The sun is remarkable! But, protecting ourselves is important, for sure! I love your hat, and I think this brand sounds great!

  6. MarciaF

    The sun does age us. What I didn’t know then I’m making up for now. I still have brown spots from all that burning I did (I never tan) but that won’t ever happen again. The RoC Neck Cream is great with the SPF especially.

  7. Shannon Smyth

    I mainly burn too, Marcia. 🙁

  8. Shannon Smyth

    I’m sorry to hear that about your mom Stacie. My aunt passed away from Melanoma when I was 6. She was only 29. 🙁

  9. Honeygirlk

    Sunscreen is such an important thing in our household… I spent most of my childhood in the ocean so I really wanted to make sure to protect my children as my parents protected me.

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