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Why Do I need Sunscreen?

by Staff Writer If you're like most people, your daily schedule is hectic and packed from morning until night. The idea of adding another item to your to-do list, even something as simple as applying sunscreen, can seem like another hassle that you just don't need. Still, taking the few minutes needed to apply sunscreen every day can make a big difference in the condition of your skin and the health of your entire body. Learn more about why sunscreen is an absolute must for all skin types and colors.

Protection from Sunburn

Every year, at least half of all adults in the United States suffer at least one sunburn. If you've been among them in the past, you know how uncomfortable the burning and aching of a sunburn can be. Very severe sunburn can even be life threatening. Sometimes called sun poisoning, severe sunburn can cause symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headaches, fevers and raises the risk of deadly sunstroke. Sunburns can also develop into serious infections of the skin. Sun care should be taken very seriously. Wearing a sunscreen helps to reduce your exposure to the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays that cause the skin to burn, so that you can enjoy time in the sun without having to worry about the potential risks of sunburn.

Reduced Risk of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States and will affect one out of every five Americans during the courses of their lives. There are many types of skin cancer, and some are very deadly. The most fatalities from skin cancer are due to melanoma. In the U.S., one person dies from melanoma every 57 minutes, showing just how serious a disease it truly is. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day lowers your risk of becoming a skin cancer statistic by 50 percent, and it also reduces the likelihood of you developing other forms of skin cancer by 40 percent.

More Youthful Complexion and Body Skin

Ultraviolet energy includes a type of radiation called ultraviolet A or UVA. Not intense enough to cause sunburn, UVA does produce changes in the cells in the lower levels of your skin. Its radiation can damage the structures in your skin cells that produce collagen, the protein that gives the skin strength. This affects the elasticity of your skin and makes it more likely to wrinkle. The sun causes more than 90 percent of the wrinkles and lines that form on the average person's complexion. When selecting a sunscreen to protect yourself from the aging effects of the sun, be sure to pick one that has broad-spectrum protection, indicating that it protects against UVA rays as well as UVB.

Keep in mind that your sunscreen needs to be applied correctly to offer benefits for your skin. Make sure you apply at least 1 ounce of sunscreen for full body protection and 1 teaspoon of sunscreen for protection for your complexion only. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours to continue to protect your skin from the sun.