Top Reasons To Grab Your Sunscreen This Summer! May 14, 2017 by Alex (Day Styles)

The cold and chilly months of winter and spring will soon dissipate, and give way to the warmth, beauty, fun, and joviality of summer. As the season's change, so should your skincare routine. More specifically, you might want to wear sunscreen each and every day this summer.

Here's why!

1. UV Rays are Harmful

Wearing sunscreen will shield you from the harmful rays of the sun. With the ozone layer depleting by the day, we are all at higher risk of getting exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.

Although exposure to the sun is good (for vitamin D), you shouldn't risk your health when you sunbathe. By applying sunscreen, you will block these harmful rays from getting into your skin where they can trigger certain disorders.

2. Premature Aging

In the same way, wearing sunscreen will protect your skin from premature aging. Most sunscreen solutions come with formulations that are designed to shield your skin from such signs of aging as fine lines and wrinkles caused by the sun.

In fact, science shows that people (aged 55 and under) who use sunscreen on the regular have a lesser chance of developing these signs of premature aging – 24% less to be exact – than occasional users and non-users.

3. Skin Cancer

When you wear sunscreen, you will lower your chances of developing skin cancer. The most common of these types of cancer is melanoma – which has been shown to affect those who expose their skin to the sun without a screen. This type of cancer is particularly dangerous for women in their 20s. 

4. Blotchiness 

When you apply sunscreen on your face – as liberally as you can – you will be able to prevent your face from experiencing irritating blotchiness. The solution will also impede the eruption of red veins. Other damages induced by the sun that you can protect yourself from include acne. 

5. Sunburn

Getting sunburnt might seem like a fun idea until you learn that it will weaken your skin and subject it to further injury. Sunburns will also cause your skin to peel, itch, swell, become red, and develop hives.

All of these are caused by the UVB rays of the sun, which will penetrate your skin if you are not layered up on sunscreen. With time, the blisters so caused might develop into skin cancer.

A study that was published in the Annals of Epidemiology (2008) suggests that when sunburns recur, they could put you at risk of developing deadly melanoma. Therefore, you'd be best advised to apply your sunscreen if only to keep safe. 

6. Premature Tanning

Although it looks healthy to get a tan, you should protect yourself when you are in the process of acquiring one. When you sunbathe, you will increase your risk of coming into contact with the ultraviolet B rays we've discussed above.

To this end, the best thing you can do is to get a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30. By so doing, you will ensure that the tanning you get isn't induced by UVB.

Over and above everything else, although the sun is a friend to everyone – especially during the bright days of summer – it can also prove to be a fatal nemesis. The best thing you can do before you go out, therefore, is to apply a generous portion of sunscreen on your skin. Better yet, always carry a bottle with you whenever you head out for some summer fun.

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