sunburn

Why wear sunscreen everyday? I would ask why not?

Skin cancer rates are on the rise and that in itself is reason enough. Our body needs protection from the harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen will also;

  • Help prevent discoloration and brown spots
  • Slow down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin

Every exposure contributes to possible skin damage so if you think you are safe because you have build up a tan, you are mistaken.

Did you also know that the actual sun damage occurs for several hours following the exposure? A study at Yale University found that sunlight continues to damage people’s skin and increase the risk of cancer for hours after they leave the beach and head indoors. The study shows that the melanin in our skin absorbs the UV radiation and then sets off a series of chemical reactions which release the energy. The result is ongoing damage to the skin’s DNA for over 4 hours after the UV exposure. Apparently, half or more of this kind of DNA damage does not happen at the beach but in the car on the way home.

It only takes a few moments more to add sunscreen to your daily routine. If you wear foundation or mineral powder, make sure it has at least an SPF30 protection.

Avoiding peak UV exposure hours and wearing protective clothing and glasses also helps. Enjoy the weather safely!

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