Masonboro Urgent Care's Health Tip: 5 Reasons to Wear Daily Sunscreen

By / Health and Wellness / Monday, 24 April 2017 04:00

The American Academy of Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher along with water resistance.   Apply  SPF 30+ every morning and a 50+ if you are going to be doing outdoor activities. Cover the areas most likely to be exposed to sun exposure including the face, neck and back of hands. Don’t forget the tops of your ears as well.
1. SUNSCREEN PROTECTS EVERY TYPE OF SKIN - If you have a darker complexion the melanin in your skin gives some natural protection from sunburn but you still need protection from harmful ultraviolet rays.
2. MOST OF WHAT WE THINK IS AGING IS REALLY YEARS OF SUN DAMAGE - Dermatologist estimate that 90% of visible aging comes from the hours you have already spent in the sun
3. SUN DAMAGE IS CUMULATIVE - Don’t be fooled thinking you can build up a safe tan. All sun exposure contributes to possible damage of the skin. Everyone can get skin cancer regardless of gender, age or race. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans get skin cancer.
4.    THE SUN IS STRONG EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT SUNNY OUT - Many people don’t think they need sunscreen on overcast or cloudy days or for brief periods of time in the sun. But for the UV rays that damage your skin, a little cloud cover means nothing. UV light penetrates clouds with ease.
5. THERE ARE MORE APPLICATION METHODS THAN EVER - These days you can rub it on, spray it on or smooth it on over your skin with a roller.
But don’t rely on sunscreen alone. It’s just one part of your sun protection arsenal. Sunscreen is most effective when paired with other forms of protection like shade and clothing. So spare your skin tomorrow and wear sunscreen today!

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