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Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Put On Sunscreen
25 January

Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Put On Sunscreen

January 25, 2016

We all heard about the dangers of sun exposure. But not everyone wears sunscreen 100% on their body every day and if we do, we only apply half the amount we need to.

So, how important are sunscreens? Sunscreens are our skin’s shield from the harmful UV rays which penetrates every time our skin is exposed to the sun.

Most people think they don’t need sunscreen on cloudy days or for brief stints in the sun. Just because it’s cloudy outside it doesn’t mean you are not getting exposed to UV rays. The fact is that UV light penetrates clouds with ease. You may not notice the benefits now, but you will reap the advantages of using sunscreen in the long run.


What SPF is Ideal for the Skin?
SPF or Sun Protection Factor measures a sunscreen’s protection against the sun’s harmful rays – a radiation that mainly affects the outer layers of the skin causing sunburns, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer.

 

In reality there is actually not much difference between SPF15 and SPF 100; SPF 50 and higher do not offer significantly greater protection than SPF 30. There is not much difference in intensity, but rather the difference in time. The fact is that an SPF of 50 will give you 40 minutes of sun protection before it needs to be re-applied, whereas an SPF 15 needs to be reapplied every 10 minutes.

Main Reasons Why You Need to Use Sun Protection

Prevents Premature Aging
We all want to have that young looking, radiant and healthy skin. But the main cause of premature aging is the exposure to sun’s harmful rays. Putting on a 
broad spectrum sunscreen daily saves your skin from years of visible damage and slows down development of wrinkles and fine lines. Sunscreen also prevents facial spots and skin discolorations.

Prevents Sunburns
The immediate danger off too much sun exposure is sunburn. Your skin will suffer peeling, swelling, redness, hives and itching. This can escalate and put you at a higher risk of lethal melanoma – skin cancer.

Lower Skin Cancer Risk
According to a study, over two million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed every year. One serious sunburn in your life increases your risk of getting skin cancer by 50 percent and if you add more sun exposure, the likelihood increases. That is why wearing sunscreen is very important.

Important Things to Remember!

Full Protection
Always choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Don’t just rely on your sunscreen to do the protection. Sun protection is most effective if you pair it with other forms of protection like – wearing a hat, sunglasses and the right clothing.

Time
Sunscreens need to be applied at least 20 minutes before you go outside to give them enough time to absorb.

If you stay out in the sun for a long time, you need to reapply sunscreen after every two hours.

Limit your sun exposure, especially during the most intense times of the day from 10 am to 4 pm.

Enjoy the sun whole year round with a liberal dab of sunscreen!

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