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June 30, 2023

Sun Safety With Sunscreen

It's summer time! Are you enjoying the rays of sunshine safely? Find out below! 

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Sun Safety with Sunscreen 


As the warm sun beckons us to spend more time outdoors, it's crucial to remember that our skin needs protection. While enjoying the sun's rays can be delightful, prolonged exposure without proper precautions can lead to harmful consequences. That's where sunscreen comes in. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of using sunscreen and how it plays a vital role in safeguarding your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Shield against Harmful UV Rays:

One of the primary reasons to use sunscreen is its ability to provide a protective shield against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV radiation, specifically UVA and UVB rays, can cause both short-term and long-term damage to the skin. Sunscreen forms a physical barrier on the skin, absorbing and reflecting these rays, thereby preventing them from penetrating and harming the deeper layers of your skin.


Prevent Premature Aging:

Excessive sun exposure can accelerate the aging process, resulting in premature wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Sunscreen acts as a defense mechanism against these visible signs of aging by minimizing the impact of UV radiation. Regular application of sunscreen helps maintain the skin's elasticity and collagen, keeping it supple, youthful, and radiant for longer.


Lower Risk of Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer is a primary concern. Protecting your skin from the sun is an effective way to reduce the risk. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation is a significant contributing factor to various types of skin cancer, including melanoma.  By consistently using sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) greater than 30, you create a barrier that helps prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your skin cells and potentially causing cancerous growths.

Protection in All Seasons:

While it may be tempting to think that sunscreen is only necessary during the summer months or on sunny days. The truth is that UV rays can still be present during other seasons and even on cloudy or overcast days or when reflected by snow. UV radiation can penetrate through clouds and windows, putting your skin at risk even when you don't feel the heat of the sun. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather, ensures year-round protection for your skin.


How to Protect Your Skin!

1. Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects you from sun exposure by reflecting or absorbing UV rays. Here are some tips on how to apply and select sunscreen:

  • Use a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher.

  • Ensure your sunscreen “blocks UVA and UVB” or has “broad spectrum” on the label.

  • Apply sunscreen to create a thick layer on the skin at least 20 minutes before you are put in the sun.

  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands.

  • Reapply at least every 2 hours.

  • Reapply each time you get out of the water or sweat heavily.

  • If you are also using insect repellent, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second. Follow product label instructions to determine how often you need to reapply insect repellent and sunscreen.


2. Wear Protective Clothing

  • Wear clothing to cover as much skin as possible.

  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.

  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.


3. Take Additional Steps

  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours (10 am to 4 pm) in temperate climates.


Taking care of your skin is a priority. Sunscreen is a simple yet powerful tool to safeguard your skin from the sun's damaging effects. By using sunscreen consistently and correctly, you can protect yourself from harmful UV radiation, reduce the risk of skin cancer, maintain your youthful appearance, and promote an even skin tone. Remember, prevention is always better than treatment, so make sunscreen an integral part of your daily skincare routine and enjoy the sun while keeping your skin healthy and protected.

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