3 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen

We all hear it - and we all know it - that sunscreen is very important for our skin. but how many of us really follow through and wear sunscreen on a daily basis? If you are not already in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, here are 3 reasons that may change your morning routine.  

Sunburn Prevention

A sunburn is when our skin begins to turn red, swell up, and peel, which is caused by the influence of UVB rays. UVB rays burn the superficial layers of the skin which plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.  The thing to watch for is if your skin blisters, this can escalate the risk of cancer. UVB rays vary in intensity by season, location, and time of day. By wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, especially when you are in the sun for long periods of time, sunscreen protects our skin from burning and helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. 

Skin Cancer Prevention

When we do not wear sunscreen, our skin is at high risk of skin cancer. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? Skin Cancer is caused by the lack of protection from harmful UV rays. This leads to why our skin needs sunscreen to stay healthy. Whether you have a dark complexion or fair skin, every skin type needs to wear sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen daily for the safety of your skin. By wearing sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy or raining, you are decreasing your risk of developing deadly cancer, especially melanoma. 

Premature Aging Prevention

Not only does sunscreen lower our risk of skin cancer, but sunscreen keeps your skin looking young. The number-one cause of premature aging of the face is due to ultraviolet exposure. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin's thickest layer and unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling. By wearing sunscreen, you are slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin. If you are noticing sun damage on your skin like dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, solutions like IPL Laser Technology can reduce the signs of sun damage.

Your skin should be your first priority. As your body's largest organ, taking care of your skin is highly important, especially to lower your risk of skin cancer. If you do see any unusual changes to your skin, contact The Dermatologist Center for a Total Body Skin Exam.