We have all heard about the dangers of the sun, but did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and this number is growing due to increased ultraviolet exposure from the sun and tanning beds.
You’ve got to wear sunscreen every day of the year, come rain or shine. Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present. They are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.
If another reason sunscreen isn’t a part of your everyday beauty routine, here are 7 reasons to wear sunscreen all year long:
1. It Decreases Your Risk Of Developing Deadly Cancer
Using sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy or raining, dramatically decreases your risk of developing skin cancer. This is especially true of the deadliest form, melanoma, which is responsible for a large percentage of skin cancer.
2. Maintain A Youthful And Glowing Complexion
When exposed to long periods in the sun, our skin becomes more susceptible to premature aging, intracellular damage, and dehydration. But it’s not just the sun that can cause damage. Did you know that up to 80% of UVB rays can still reach our skin even when the weather is overcast and cloudy? If you want to keep those wrinkles at bay and minimize the appearance of dark marks and scarring, then making your sunscreen your new BFF is non-negotiable.
3. It Prevents Premature Aging Of The Skin
Sun damage from UV rays causes photoaging of the skin, which is characterized by a thick, leathery look; discoloration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of aging than those who don’t.
4. Lowers Blotchiness On Face
Apply sunscreen liberally on your face to prevent the onset of that irritating blotchiness and eruptions of red veins. This is also essential to prevent the onset of acne and other sunrays- induced damages.
5. Sunscreen Protects You From More Than Sunburn
If you have ever had sunburn, you understand just how unpleasant red, burning skin can be. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two other extremely nasty health issues that can arise from extended sun exposure. Sunscreen, in combination with other precautions such as increased consumption of water, can help you avoid these issues, which can lead to nausea, muscle cramps, and even brain damage if left untreated.
6. Keep Your Acne Under Control
It’s a fact that prolonged exposure to the sun can make your acne worse. Many people think that spending time outdoors with their skin exposed to the sun helps to reduce their pimples, but that’s a myth. What’s often perceived as an improvement is often the result of the UV rays drying up excess oil on the skin’s surface and temporarily concealing acne scarring as a tan develops.
7. Enhances Health of the Skin
The essential skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin are protected by sunscreen. These proteins are required for keeping the skin smooth and healthy. Make sure your sunblock has titanium oxide in it for endowing these benefits to the skin.
It is never too late to start integrating safe-sun practices into your life. In addition to wearing sunscreen, you can help protect yourself from harmful rays by wearing a hat, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing and by limiting your sun exposure, especially during the most intense times of the day. In this post, we shared with you the 7 reasons to wear sunscreen all year long.
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