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Top 5 Reasons Why You Need a Daily Sunscreen



We need sun exposure for our health and mental well-being. Sunlight eases depression, strengths our immune system, and supports bone health. Although the sun provides us with these benefits, we have to protect ourselves from its harmful ultraviolet rays. All year around we are exposed to UVA and UVB rays, not just in the summer. That is why dermatologists recommend wearing facial sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Here are 5 reasons why you need sunscreen everyday before exposing yourself to sunlight.


Lowers skin cancer risks


According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, in the U.S more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Dangerous sun rays for the skin are UVA and UVB rays. The ultraviolet B rays have a shorter wavelength that is associated with skin burning. UVB rays have slightly more energy than UVA rays, damaging the DNA in the skin cells directly. However, UVA rays are still known to cause some skin cancers.


Slows premature aging


Ultraviolet A rays have a longer wavelength that is associated with aging. The American Cancer Society reveals that they cause indirect damage to the DNA in the skin cells. This results in long-term damage contributing to loss of the skin's elasticity and collagen forming wrinkles and age spots. Sunscreen provides the skin with a barrier of protection against premature aging. The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends a facial sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 or higher.


Keeps skin tone even


Wearing sunscreen protects the skin from hyperpigmentation. New, red acne on the face, picked pimples, or fresh cuts should be protected with sunscreen. These have a tendency to darken when exposed to sunlight. Dark spots from sun damage make the skin appear uneven and discolored. Sunscreen prevents further discoloration from occurring.


Creates a habit


Implementing facial sunscreen in your routine creates a habit. Once you get used to sneaking it in your day, it becomes second nature. Beware of the myth that certain skin tones don’t need sunscreen. All skin tones and types need a daily facial sunscreen for in and outdoors.


The ozone layer is depleting


The ozone layer is depleting, creating an even greater risk for sun damage. Due to the ozone layer’s depletion, experts reveal that sunscreen should even be worn inside for work-from-homers. While UVB rays are blocked by glass, UVA rays are able to penetrate through glass making you vulnerable to exposure indoors. Experts joke that unless you have a windowless house, wear SPF indoors.


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