Sun Protection and Why it is Important

With us being in the dog days of summer, it’s easy to forget how the sun can damage our skin and create problems for us as we get older. Here are a few reasons why you should wear sunscreen while out and about during the day.

  1. It lowers your risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. By using sunscreen daily (or when your in the sun for awhile), you can cut your chances of skin cancer in half.
  2. Prevents Premature aging. UV rays cause photo-aging of the skin. Which is a characterized by a thick, leathery look, and a breakdown of collagen which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles.
  3. Helps maintain a even skin tone and helps reduce dark spots.

Different dermatologists say that you should at least wear a 15 SPF, while others say you should not wear anything less than 30 SPF. Use good judgment because only you know your skin.  

So, take the couple of mins that it may take to apply sun screen to protect your skin today, and to help keep it healthy in the future.

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