Staying Protected From The Sun

June 3, 2019

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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

As the hot summer months are quickly approaching, it’s important to know the positive impacts of wearing sunscreen, and the effects it has on your skin. Putting on sunscreen may take a few minutes, but it will benefit your health and skin in the long run. By wearing sunscreen, it decreases your chances of developing skin cancer, protects your skin from early skin aging, and protects your skin against those painful sunburns. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, everyone should be wearing sunscreen, because it helps protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. The sun is powerful, and no matter who you are, anyone is susceptible to getting skin cancer. Sometimes picking out sunscreen at the store can be difficult, because there are so many different kinds. However, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests finding a sunscreen that has these 3 things:

  • Broad-spectrum protection
  • At least SPF 30
  • Water resistant

In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology also recommends other ways to protect your skin in addition to wearing sunscreen. You can seek shade under an umbrella, wear a hat and sunglasses, or wear sun-protective clothing. 

The best way to protect your skin against the harmful UV rays is to wear sunscreen, reapply it every 2 hours, wear a hat/sunglasses, and wear sun-protective clothing. 

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