5 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen This Summer
Every year it’s the same old story, “Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!” When you’re out with your family and friends these next few months catching some rays on the beach, at the lake, or at a barbeque, don’t forget that bottle of SPF—your skin will thank you.
1. Skin Cancer. These two words alone should be enough reason to always remember to wear sunscreen. Skin cancer is on the rise, it is now the most common form of all cancers, and you have the power to protect yourself. After all, the most dangerous form of skin cancer (Melanoma) is the most widespread developed cancer for women under 40 years old. Sunscreen gives you the chance to take positive action for your health and safety. Studies show that every hour in the U.S. one person dies from Melanoma. You can’t hide from the sun and its dangerous UV rays, but you can be proactive and apply sunscreen, decreasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
2. You can still get tan! That’s right, wearing sunscreen does not mean that you have to be married to your pale winter skin forever. You will still get some color, especially if you’ll be out in the sun all day—it will just be more gradual, so have patience. In fact, once you notice your skin getting a bit darker that means it’s time to re-apply (which should be about every two hours)! Plus, in this day and age if you really want a dark tan, there are much safer options rather than avoiding sunscreen. For example, you could always use a sunless tanner or some bronzer.
3. Sunburns hurt. Without sunscreen, there is no escaping the fact that you will probably get burnt. If you’ve ever had sunburn before, you know it’s not fun. It’s red, itchy, and hurts everywhere. Not only that, but being burnt means that your cells and blood vessels are damaged, which if occurs repeatedly, will leads to dry, wrinkled, unhealthy skin. Not to mention that fact that afterwards you start to peel, leading to scarring. Although sunburn is an immediate reaction from sun exposure, sun damage is something that happens over a lifetime of wearing these burns. All this could be easily avoided by applying sunscreen.
4. Aging comes from sun damage. Just because you’re getting older, does not mean your skin has to show it. Studies show that 90% of skin aging stems from the damage you have allowed the sun to give you over the years. Wearing sunscreen saves skin from damage that appears years later. Wrinkles, sunspots, you name it and it can be prevented. The better care you take of your skin now, the younger you will look later.
5. It’s convenient! Sunscreen comes in basically any form you need it to be in: spray, waterproof, lotions, it’s even in makeup. Additionally, there is a wide range of SPF (sun protection factor) that you can choose from. SPF tells you how well your sunscreen is protecting you from the sun’s UVB and UVA rays. It is recommended that everyone should wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, which can be found just about anywhere, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, etc. Chances are even your local corner store or gas station will have it in-stock! With sunscreen being so trouble-free to access and apply, why not use it if it only brings you benefits?
Sunscreen is your friend. If you aren’t a regular sunscreen user, it’s never too late to start actively using it this summer. Remember, even if the sun doesn’t come out to play, those UV rays will still be there—a few clouds won’t cover them up and prevent them from damaging your skin, that’s a job for sunscreen.