Everyone has heard about the many benefits of wearing sunscreen, but unfortunately there is still a large number of people who go out in the sun, exposing themselves to dangerous UV rays without wearing sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if you like to use oil and bake your skin in the sun on vacation, which is very dangerous, or you rarely wear moisturizer with SPF, when you are commuting daily, anytime you are in the sun and you are not wearing sunscreen you are exposing your skin to dangerous UV rays. Remember, the dangers of sun exposure are not limited to taking a vacation in the sun.
Why should you use sunscreen? Look at the top reasons why you should use sunscreen every day:
It decreases your chances of developing skin cancer
Wearing sunscreen is essential for everyone, because skin cancer can be very serious and deadly. In fact, incidences of skin cancer are rising more each year. It has been researched that nearly ninety percent of all skin cancers, including non-melanoma,along with sixty-five percent of melanoma cancers are completely caused by sun exposure. Therefore, if you use sunscreen to protect your skin, you will decrease the chances of getting skin cancer. When used correctly, sunscreen can protect you from ultraviolet radiation (UVR), which is known to damage your skin and cause gene and DNA mutations.
You are less likely to get that dreaded sunburn
At some time in our lives we have all suffered from an uncomfortable sunburn situation. Not only is sunburn dangerous but it is very uncomfortable and painful; it can ruin a vacation if you can no longer sit in the sunshine or swim in the sea. When you have over-exposed the skin to the sun, it immediately starts to go red, swell and then blisters can form like any type of burn.
Remember that sunburn and DNA damage is one of the first steps to getting skin cancer. It is particularly important to protect your children’s skin. According to studies, if you have been sunburnt even once as a child or an adolescent, it can double the chances of you getting melanoma skin cancer when you are older; as many as five times and your chances of getting skin cancer triple.
Sunscreen helps fend off premature aging of the skin
Not only will your chances of getting skin cancer increase by not wearing sunscreen, but anytime your skin is unprotected you are also increasing your chances of developing photo aging, which is UV-ray-induced skin aging. You can slow down the aging process naturally by just applying sunscreen each and every day, helping you prevent damaged skin, premature signs of aging, sagging skin, leathery skin, hyperpigmentation, and skin discolorations.. Age spots and liver spots are other signs of sun damage that can be prevented too.
No matter what the weather conditions are you should wear sunscreen each and every day. Don’t think because it is overcast that you can forgo wearing sunscreen, because the sun rays can make their way through the clouds. Also, when traveling in higher altitudes, the UVR levels will rise, while the sun’s reflection off water, concrete, sand, and snow can increase the UVR levels by up to eighty percent.
You should start protecting yourself from the damaging effects of the sun today.