We have all been taught to wear sunscreen for protection of the skin, but what are the reasons behind it. Our skin is the first line of defense from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. In order to help our skin protect us, we must wear sunscreen daily.
Listed below are 5 reasons to wear sunscreen daily
- Reduce your risk of skin cancer: Using sunscreen daily is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. You should use a minimum of SPF 30 daily to help with protection. When spending more time outdoors or in the water, be sure to reapply sunscreen once every two hours.
- Prevent skin discoloration: Applying sunscreen daily can help prevent "sun spots" or "liver spots" which are usually brown in color. They often form on the face, head, arms and hands.
- Reduce the risk of sunburn: Extended sun exposure without sunscreen can lead to sunburns. In addition, you can also get burned from tanning booths/beds. If you develop a sever sunburn, please reach out to your PCP or dermatologist for further treatment.
- Prevent aging: Sun exposure without sunscreen damages the elastin, collagen and skin cells. If you do not protect your skin, this can lead to wrinkles and fine lines.
- Reduce Inflammation: Sun exposure for long periods of time can cause redness and inflammation of the skin. Wearing sunscreen provides a layer of protection from the UV rays.
Keep in mind when picking out sunscreen that SPF 30 or higher will ensure protection of the skin, even on cloudy days. If you need further help, please contact your PCP or dermatologist.