Why Wear Sunscreen? 5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

Stay Safe In the Sun

For years, doctors and other experts have been telling us to use sunscreen, and for good reason. We all know that applying sunscreen helps to protect us from skin cancer. However, it has many other benefits, some of which are not as well known. Keep reading to learn why we should wear sunscreen, and more tips for staying safe in the sun.

1. Sunscreen shields the skin from harmful UV rays

The ozone layer is continually depleting, putting everyone at risk for increased exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen blocks the harmful rays from reaching the sun, so it helps to prevent skin cancer and other harmful skin disorders.

2. Sunscreen protects the skin from various dangers

Lots of damage can be done to the skin when it is exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight. Wearing sunscreen is an easy way to lessen the likelihood of the following harmful skin issues:

Applying sunscreen to the face helps to prevent the appearance of red blotches and blemishes that are caused by the eruption of veins. It also helps to prevent acne and other skin disorders that are brought about by exposure to the sun.

Sunscreen prevents premature aging. No one wants to look older than they are. Sunscreen can take years away from your appearance. Sunscreen protects the skin from developing wrinkles and fine lines that give skin an aged appearance. According to Stylecraze, people under the age of 55 who use sunscreen have a 24% less chance of developing these telltale signs of age than non-sunscreen and occasional sunscreen users.

Using sunscreen reduces the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, particularly for people in their 20s. Using sunscreen helps to prevent melanoma as well as other skin cancers that are also harmful.

Sunburns hurt and take several days to heal. Further, every time skin gets burned by the sun, it becomes weaker. If the skin blisters, it increases the chances of skin cancer. Applying sunscreen prevents the exposure to the harmful UVB rays that burn the skin.

3. Using sunscreen enhances the health of skin

Minimizing the skin’s exposure to the sun by applying sunscreen is a key to maintaining the skin’s health. Following are some ways sunscreen keeps skin healthy:

Sunscreen prevents the skin from getting tan. Although many people still believe that tanned skin is a sign of healthiness, this fallacy is simply not true. Those who lay out without using sunscreen to get a tan are exposing themselves to harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Preventing exposure to these rays is a key to keeping skin healthy. If you are going to be spending an extended amount of time outside sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours to keep the skin safe from UVB rays.

Sunscreen that contains titanium oxide protects the essential proteins in the skin. Collagen, keratin, and elastin are all required for keeping skin smooth and healthy.

4. Sunscreen protects every skin type

Many people believe that those with darker complexions are safe from maladies such as skin cancer. However, although melanin does offer some natural protection against skin cancer, no one is immune from the risks of skin cancer. Every skin type still needs to be protected from the harmful UVA and UVB rays that come from the sun. According to Bella Sante Day Spa, those with lighter skin have a higher likelihood of developing skin cancer when they are exposed to the sun. But those with darker skin are more at risk for more severe types of cancer if they do develop it.

5. The sun is strong even when it is not sunny outside

When the sun is out and shining brightly, it is easy to understand that there is a need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. However, it is important to wear sunscreen even when it is overcast. The rays from the sun are strong and can easily penetrate through cloud coverage. It can be easy to overlook sunscreen on cloudy days, but it is dangerous to do so. The presence of clouds can tone down intense heat and make being outside for long periods of time more tolerable. So, we have a tendency to spend large amounts of time outside on these days, thus unknowingly exposing ourselves to the harmful rays of the sun. Applying sunscreen before going outside on cloudy days goes a long way in helping to prevent the harmful effects of the sun.

No one wants to stay inside all day during the warm summer months. The best option for keeping your skin protected is to apply sunscreen daily. Other options are to seek shade under an umbrella, such as the kind you can find at Design Furnishings.   

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